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Weld seeking Famous victory

Dermot Weld has his fingers crossed that Famous Name will finally secure an elusive Group One win this season.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned six-year-old has won 10 of his 21 starts but has so far been frustrated at the highest level. He has, however, finished second in three Group Ones, including the French Derby in 2008.

Famous Name will start his season off this weekend in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown, a race he won last year.

"He's well and the plan is to run at Leopardstown," said Weld.

"He's a joy to train and such a good horse. He has been very rewarding for his owner and all his connections. Hopefully he can do it (win a Group One). That's the plan."

Also likely to be in action on the card is Aidan O'Brien's Derby hope Recital in the P.W.McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes.

O'Brien has dominated the contest down the years with the likes of Galileo, High Chaparral, Yeats and Fame And Glory all on the roll of honour.

Recital won a Group One in France on just his second start last season.

There are five other entries from Ballydoyle among the 13 with John Oxx's Adilapour and Dermot Weld's Rich Tapestry also engaged.


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