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  • 14:50 Keeneland Royal Whip Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Group 2) €95,000 added 3yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €57,150 2nd €18,050 3rd €8,550 4th €2,850
  • Going: Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 19.39s
  • Off time: 14:52:49

Famous Name stars at Curragh

Group Two win for popular veteran raises roof

Last Updated: 12/08/12 3:54pm

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Famous Name: Gained an elusive Group Two victory

Famous Name: Gained an elusive Group Two victory

Famous Name won his 19th race from 36 starts but significantly his first at Group Two level in the Keeneland Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh.

Dermot Weld's stalwart is one of the most popular horses in training but had always just come up short when racing outside Listed or Group Three company.

Many were keen to take on Famous Name (even money) with Sea The Stars' half-brother Born To Sea, second to Camelot in the Irish Derby on his last start, and sent him off the 10-11 favourite.

Hoodwinked

However, racing without a hood this afternoon, Born To Sea did not settle in the early stages.

Never In Doubt

Once into the straight the result never looked in any doubt as Pat Smullen nudged Famous Name further clear of his market rival to win by six and a half lengths.

Weld said: "He is an amazing horse. That is his 19th win and 18 of them have been in Stakes races.

"He is a wonderful tribute to his owner and his breeding operation.

"He is a seven-year-old and has been in training for six years. His enthusiasm for racing and his courage is what a racehorse should be all about.

"I will speak to Lord Grimthorpe and Khalid Abdullah and see where he'll go next. You can see he is in great form."

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