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Famous in winning swansong

Dermot Weld's astounding Famous Name signed off from his illustrious career after securing his 20th stakes-race success in the Trigo Stakes at Leopardstown.

Despite giving weight away to all of his rivals, the seven-year-old (1-5 favourite) had little difficulty in winning this 10-furlong Listed prize for a third time and has now been retired to stud.

Chrysanthemum and Barack cut out the early running, but Famous Name was never too far away and Pat Smullen eased him up to challenge turning into the straight, before he cut loose to beat Demurely by three and a half lengths.

Famous Name, incredibly winning his 13th race from 17 starts at Leopardstown, is to stand at the Irish National Stud.

John Osborne, chief executive of the Stud, said: "Famous Name is retired today after a glorious career. He has had 38 starts and has 21 wins, 20 in stakes company, to his name. We are looking forward to producing horses just like him.

"In six seasons he has only run outside stakes company once, and that was when he won his maiden by seven lengths. We are very excited to have him and you couldn't find a racehorse like him.

"They've always loved him at Rosewell and he has been a great horse to train - he is uncomplicated and sound. He has had six seasons competing at the highest level and always gave him best."


From Belfast Telegraph