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  • 19:30 Irish Daily Mail International Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Group 3) €60,000 added 3yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €39,025 2nd €11,425 3rd €5,425 4th €1,825
  • Going: Good to Yielding (Yielding on Straight course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 15.41s
  • Off time: 19:32:07

Famous Name adds to tally

Weld ace eases to convincing success

Last Updated: 24/06/11 8:13pm

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Famous Name: Easy win at the Curragh

Famous Name: Easy win at the Curragh

Famous Name repeated his win of 2009 in the Irish Daily Mail International Stakes at the Curragh.

Dermot Weld's money spinner was returned the 4/5 favourite for the Group 3 and he never gave his supporters a moment's worry as he sluiced clear in the closing stages.

He sat third in the early stages under Pat Smullen as the Ballydoyle second string Last Crusade set the pace.

Second favourite Jan Vermeer was under pressure at the two-furlong pole but it was obvious that Famous Name was travelling by far the better and once Smullen pressed the button at the distance the race was over.

He bounded away on the rain-softened ground by six lengths from Jan Vermeer with Mid Mon Lady taking third.

John Dunlop's Elusive Pimpernel had been due to take his chance but the ground went against him and he was a non-runner.

Weld said: "That brings his total prize-money to over 1million euros.

"I'm very proud of him as he's such a model of consistency and his enthusiasm for racing is special.

"We'll see how the year goes on, but his main target will be to try to win a first Group One.

"He has come close a few times and I'll speak to Lord Grimthorpe (racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah) to see what plan we will have for the second half of the season."

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