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  • 19:30 Jockey Club Of Turkey Meld Stakes 1m 1f

  • (Group 3) €57,500 added 3yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €37,375 2nd €10,925 3rd €5,175 4th €1,725
  • Going: Soft, Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 56.71s
  • Off time: 19:30:18

Famous win again

Smullen hails consistent winner

Last Updated: 21/07/11 8:16pm

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Famous Name - recorded back-to-back wins.

Famous Name - recorded back-to-back wins.

Famous Name won back-to-back renewals of the Jockey Club of Turkey Meld Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.

The redoubtable entire, trained by Dermot Weld, has an exemplary record at the Dublin circuit, where he has now been victorious nine times from 12 starts.

And this was a typically cool display from the Khalid Abdullah-owned six-year-old, who had four and a half lengths in reserve of Dunboyne Express at the line.

Jan Vermeer, Aidan O'Brien's Group One-winning juvenile, attempted to make all of the running, and still held an advantage deep along the straight.

But Famous Name (4-9 favourite) had every base covered, and galloped readily clear in the trusty hands of Pat Smullen.

Smullen said: "He's so consistent it's unbelievable, and wins his races here every time.

"He's a better horse with ease in the ground, but he's put up good performances all year.

"It would be brilliant to finish his career with a Group One win.

"He's a very happy horse."

Kris Weld, the winning trainer's son, said: "He's just wonderful. "The ground has gone very soft but he likes it.

"He'll now go for the Bayerisches Zuchtrennen on Sunday week in Munich, which is a Group One.

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