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Smullen happy to play Name game

Pat Smullen labelled Famous Name as one of his favourite horses as he goes in search of his 14th win on Dermot Weld's charge in the Jockey Club Of Turkey Meld Stakes at Leopardstown.

The six-year-old has a fantastic strike-rate from 25 career starts - and Smullen has been on board for every victory. He faces five rivals, including Kevin Prendergast's top-class two-year-old Dunboyne Express, who was fifth in the Irish Derby on his last start.

"There`s no doubt he`s been a great servant and he`s one of my favourite horses. He`s one of the horses you work all your life hoping you`ll be involved with and that you`ll get to ride. He`s in great form and I`m sure he`ll run his usual great race," said Smullen.

"I suppose Dunboyne Express looks his big danger, he`s the best three-year-old in there anyway, he`s got very good form and we`re giving a fair bit of weight (6lb) away to him.

"Famous Name is very good around Leopardstown and because he`s in very good form I expect him to run a big race. The ground will be fine, he goes on anything but extremes so as long as it`s not too firm or very soft he`ll be fine. As long as he can get his toe in a bit he`ll be grand."

Aidan O'Brien's Jan Vermeer runs in first-time blinkers, while Joanna Morgan`s Moran Gra steps up from handicap company.


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