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Famous victory for Weld

Dermot Weld's Famous Name secured his seventh course victory by claiming the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown for the second successive year.

Making his seasonal reappearance, the 2-13 favourite travelled strongly on the heels of the leaders before quickening clear from the turn for home.

Finicius finished strongly down the centre of the track but Famous Name was never in any danger of being caught, keeping up the gallop to score by two and a half lengths.

Weld said: "Famous Name is a model of consistency around here. He did as expected and Pat (Smullen) said he took a blow a furlong out, so he should improve from today's run.

"He is a joy to train and the aim for this year is to win a Group One with him. I'll speak to Lord Grimthorpe (owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager) before making a plan."

Weld went on to complete a double on the card when 9-2 shot Northern Rocked opened his account for the year in the Follow Leopardstown on Facebook Handicap.

Hot favourite Raphael Santi had to make do with minor honours in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden as Jim Bolger's Parish Hall claimed a notable victory. The 4-1 chance was the first runner for sire Teofilo, who was forced to retire unbeaten five years ago.

Requinto cut out much of the running in this six-furlong contest, but Parish Hall quickened up to claim him inside the final furlong under Kevin Manning.

Raphael Santi also found his stride late on for Ryan Moore, but Parish Hall held him off for a three-quarters of a length success.

Bolger said: "Parish Hall is the first runner for his sire Teofilo and is a nice horse with a future. He is a great mover and will step up to seven furlongs soon."


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