THURSDAY: April 16, 2020: IT wasn’t a Group race, but Hamish The Swift’s Goulburn victory today meant a lot to his trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith.
Not only did it come on the heels of his first success this season (with Polhampton at Nowra on March 29), but it represented a real breakthrough for the multiple Group 1 winning Hawkesbury mentor.
With Chad Lever aboard, Hamish The Swift ($3.70) finally put his first win on the board at his 15th start when he came from last to snatch the Maiden Handicap (1600m) in the last stride.
The Dawn Approach four-year-old would have been a good thing beaten had he not arrived in the nick of time as he had an interrupted run in the straight.
“Hamish The Swift has always shown ability, but he’s been a very frustrating horse,” Mayfield-Smith said on his way home.
“He has kept doing stupid things, and it was a great relief to see him put it all together.
“Hopefully that win will give him plenty of confidence to go on with it now.
“He is settling in his races and we will look for another suitable target, perhaps at the provincials.
“I can’t see why he won’t manage at least 2000m.”
Mayfield-Smith trained Hamish The Swift’s dam Lysistrata, whose two wins included a 2100m victory at Gosford along with a photo-finish second at $51 over the same distance in the Provincial Stayers’ Final at the annual Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting in 2013.
“Jim and Janice Simpson (who owned Famous Seamus, one of Mayfield-Smith’s Group 1 winners) raced Lysistrata (by Stratum) and bred Hamish The Swift,” Mayfield-Smith explained.
“We took him to the Ready 2 Race sale in Sydney in 2017, but he was passed in and the Simpsons decided to race him themselves.”
Hamish The Swift is Lysistrata’s first foal, and she has since produced the gelding’s so far unraced three-year-old half-brother (by Poet’s Voice) as well as a filly by Cox Plate winner Adelaide and No Nay Never colt.
Hamish The Swift finished strongly to just miss in a Class 1/Maiden Plate (1600m) on the same day Polhampton scored at Nowra on March 29 when Lever partnered him for the first time.
The gelding drew the outside today in a field of 11, and Lever eased him back to last on jumping away.
He saved ground near the inside on Hamish The Swift and the gelding, once he did get clear in the straight, stretched out strongly to nab the well backed $3.60 favorite Tamarin Falls.
Mayfield-Smith also was pleased with Polhampton’s third in the Class 2 Handicap (1400m) today.
“The track was firm, and she ran well considering she appreciates the string out of the ground,” he said.