Mr Feelgood’s journey began in the USA where he won the prestigious Little Brown Jug before he was purchased by the Brisbane-based Seymour family and their connections to race on the Australasian circuit.
The stallion’s exceptional form on the track continued in Australia – headlined by his ID victory in 2009 – as well as other feature events, before he retired with more than $3 million in prize money to his name.
In claiming the Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final on the Gold Coast all those years ago, Mr Feelgood upset a Queensland icon in Blacks A Fake.
At Kevin and Kay Seymour’s Brisbane home they display the multiple shiny trophies that they have won over the years as leading harness owners in Australia.
Kevin notes that the vast majority of the trophies on show are from horses they have bred themselves.
Mr Feelgood’s achievements on show stand out as a rarity as one of the only horses the Seymours purchased to race.
Like his rival on the track, Blacks A Fake is also enjoying his post-racing life in a Delaney’s Creek retirement paddock in Queensland.
Peter’s wife Leean says ‘Feely’s’ ID victory only enhanced his breeding career, which had already began while he was still racing.
“He surprised everyone that night as Blacks A Fake had led and he came past him on the inside to pip him at the post,” Leean said.
“I think it was a very important thing for Feelgood as a stallion.
“When we first put him to stud, he was the flavour of the month. The Inter Dominion victory was important for his post-racing life.”