Famous Seamus wins 2014 Premiere Stakes

October 4th, 2014

Famous Seamus pulled out his signature strong running to seize the 2014 Premiere Stakes this afternoon at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

Famous Seamus takes Premiere Stakes from Charlie Boy in 2nd and Wouldn't It Be Nice in 3rd.

Famous Seamus takes out Premiere Stakes in tight victory. Image: Steve Hart.

It was a tightly contested race which saw Generalife blocked in completely until well after the post.

Straight out of the gates, Tye Angland took Sincero to the front and held him there against a Charlie Boy who has being ridden very aggressively by Joshua Parr. A hard competition for the lead saw Charlie Boy and Sincero block out some of the other field, with Famous Seamus and I’ve Got The Looks angling for position just off the lead.

Generalife found himself completely boxed in during the middle stages of the race and James McDonald seemed at a loss for options to bring him forwards or off the rails.

Famous Seamus made an impressive push up the outside at the turn as Sincero dropped off somewhat and Charlie Boy began an effort to consolidate his lead. Hugh Bowman held I’ve Got The Looks against the rail in a comfortable position with a nose up next to the leaders as the post approached.

However, it was never going to be enough for BTC Cup winner Famous Seamus who pulled some impressive racing out of the bag to inch past Charlie Boy who produced a stunning finish.

Tim Clark expressed some concern at what was going through his mind in the early stages of the race, “I was worried a bit coming out of the gates; I thought it was going to be a dawdle.”

However, things improved, with Clark going on to say “He travelled good. They were going slow which makes it easier.”

He congratulated trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith, saying that the crew at the stables do “a fantastic job.”

2014 Premiere Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Tim Clark 7 58.5kg $2.20F
2 5 CHARLIE BOY Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 0.2L 2 58.5kg $16
3 6 WOULDNT IT BE NICE Paul Perry Sam Clipperton 0.7L 3 58.5kg $31
4 4 GENERALIFE John O’Shea James McDonald 1.4L 4 58.5kg $4
5 8 I’VE GOT THE LOOKS Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 1.9L 1 56.5kg $5
6 7 SCORPIO QUEEN Kris Lees Christian Reith 2.2L 6 56.5kg $41
7 1 SINCERO Stephen Farley Tye Angland 4.6L 5 58.5kg $12
Scr 3 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Blake Shinn 0