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Fabulous Famous does it again

The remarkable Famous Name secured his 17th career victory in the Friarstown Stud International Stakes at the Curragh.

A winner of this 10-furlong contest in two of the last three years, Dermot Weld's 4-7 favourite went about his business with his usual professionalism and never looked in danger under regular rider Pat Smullen.

Devouring the soft ground, the seven-year-old pulled three and three-quarter lengths clear of long-time leader Defining Year without being asked too many questions, to secure his 10th Group Three success. Native Khan took third spot 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

"He'll go for a Group One in Munich (Grosser Dallmayr-Preis) in a couple of weeks' time."

Winning Impact (7-1) finished best to claim the Irish Mail On Sunday Handicap in the hands of Declan McDonogh. A host of horses had a chance entering the last of the seven furlongs, but it was James Coogan's joint-top weight who passed the post with half a length in hand over Cheval Rouge.

The winning trainer said: "He always runs well at the Curragh and he may go to Galway next if the weather stays like this. He loves soft ground and seven furlongs or a mile is his best trip."

Fergal Lynch had a few anxious moments trying to find a gap on the held-up Empirico (5-1) in the Boodles Diamond Handicap, but he finally managed to squeeze through and his willing partner went on to score by three-quarters of a length.

Trainer David Marnane said: "The handicapper has been fair to Empirico and he was also a bit unlucky on his last two runs. I didn't quite think he'd handle that ground, although he was fourth in the Rockingham here last year with a bit of cut in the ground.

"We'll see what the handicapper does with him - hopefully he won't be too harsh and he may come back here again for another try at the Rockingham on Oaks day."

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