Rank outsider Famous Seamus has produced an incredible turn of foot to overcome a talented field and produce the day’s biggest upset at Doomben Racecourse this afternoon, winning the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) from local talent Spirit Of Boom and resounding pre-post favourite Buffering.
Jumping from the gates only fairly, the Elusive City gelding settled second from the back, three lengths off the early pace of noted leaders Tiger Tees and Buffering.
Appearing well and truly out of contention upon finding the final straight, Famous Seamus exploded from the rear of the pack, matching the pace of Buffering and pulling half a length clear when finding the line in the green.
Trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith was understandably thrilled in Famous Seamus’s performance in the 2014 BTC Cup, emotionally revealing his confidence leading into the race following the win.
“No one believed in this horse and they thought I was off my tree” Mayfield-Smith said after the BTC Cup.
“I was feeling very confident; I’ve seen a lot of good horses and I’ve had a couple and this bloke was like it from the start.
“He had everything to suit – he had a good gate, the ground was reasonably well and that’s what he is.
“I travel with these horses myself, I take time off to do it and it means a lot. It means more that he’s won and proven the point that he’s good.”
Jockey Ryan Wiggins delivered a sensational ride on Famous Seamus in the 2014 BTC Cup, breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing himself.
“It was unreal, I just couldn’t believe how good I was going, everything was just going to plan”
“I didn’t even pull the stick on the horse, he just did it all for me and credit to Noel.
“I just didn’t think he could win under the weight going in and I thought he was more of a Stradbroke Handicap horse but gee he won well today.
“There was plenty of speed in the race which helped me. I got on the right part of the track and I was going good, so just all went to plan.”
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2014 BTC Cup Results
|1||6||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ryan Wiggins||–||4||58.5kg||$21|
|2||2||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||0.5L||6||58.5kg||$5.50|
|3||1||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||1.3L||3||58.5kg||$1.75F|
|4||3||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Ms Tegan Harrison (a)||1.4L||1||58.5kg||$15|
|5||8||PERON||John P Thompson||James McDonald||2.9L||5||56.5kg||$19|
|6||5||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||Nash Rawiller||4.4L||7||58.5kg||$7|
|7||4||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Glen Colless||6.2L||2||58.5kg||$12|