Monday, 2 July 2012
: Dermot Weld's remarkable seven-year-old Famous Name secured his 17th career victory with his third win in the International Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
A winner of the 10-furlong contest in two of the previous three years, Famous Name went about his business and never looked in danger under regular rider Pat Smullen.
He pulled three and three-quarter lengths clear of the leader Defining Year to secure his 10th G3 success in 34 career starts while Native Khan took third on his first appearance for John Oxx.
Weld said: "He's an amazing horse. He just keeps winning.
"He loves to win, he loves to race and he loves to train - he's a proper athlete.
"As long as he keeps winning, we'll keep going with him. As soon as he tells us he's had enough, we'll stop
"We'd love to win a Group 1 with him and the plan is to go back to Germany for the Bayerisches-Zuchtrennen in Munich at the end of the month."
Famous Name was second in the Munich race last year.
Amazingly yet to win in G1 or G2 company in 34 starts, Famous Name has dominated at this level in Ireland and was too good for this class again after his second at his previous start when beaten by So You Think
in the G1 Tattersalls Cup.
Weld added that his 3YO Speaking Of Which - withdrawn from the Irish Derby - will go for the Meld Stakes at Leopardstown next provided the ground is better.