Famous Seamus Retired Following Rosehill Curtain Call
It was recently announced that New Zealand’s Famous Seamus is being retired after a long career dating back to September of 2011, when he ran a trial at Rosehill.
Less than a month later, he won a maiden at Gosford.
Famous Seamus was foaled in late October of 2008. A product, as are some many of the modern era of thoroughbred horseracing, of shuttle stallion breeding techniques, his sire was Elusive City of the U.S and his dam was Clinique of New Zealand. His lines include multiple connections to some of North America’s best-known horses, with multiple ties to U.S. Triple Crown winner Secretariat and several to Canada’s Northern Dancer. Gelded as a colt, Famous Seamus will not be passing any of his impressive genes forward.
Including trials, he made 59 jumps for 12 wins and 20 placings, earning over $1.3 million over six seasons of Australian racing.
Hawkesbury based Noel Mayfield-Smith was his trainer. A pure sprinter, Famous Seamus won in the 1100 – 1400 metre range.
The pinnacle of his career would have to be considered the 2014 Group 1 BTC Cup as a five-year-old at Doomben in May of 2014, when Ryan Wiggins steered him past Spirit Of Boom and five-time Group 1 winner Buffering.
Famous Seamus won races at Group 2 and Group 3 level as well.
His last significant victory, last of any level, actually, was the Listed Ladies’ Day over 1400 m in November of 2016 at Hawkesbury, when Jay Ford steered him to a win over Unequivocal and Malice.
Famous Seamus’ last race was at Rosehill the week just past, when he ran 11th out of 12 in a 1400 m Stakes race, at which time his owners, Jim and Janice Smith decided it was time to let the old boy call time on his career.