Meld Stakes Triumph for Famous Name

It was a swift run for Famous Name as he took to the challenge by Steinbeck in the Jockey Club of Turkey Meld Stakes at Leopardstown.



The Dermot Weld five-year-old never looked like loosing under the guidance of Pat Smullen and he hit the accelerator after the home turn before breaking away two and a half lengths ahead of the O'Brien starter, the duo well out and away from third.

It was the 4-6 favourite was fifth victory at Leopardstown.

Weld said, "He's probably the most consistent Group-performing horse in Europe, that's his ninth win and he remains unbeaten this year.

"He's an absolute joy to train and the ground conditions were ideal for him, and when conditions are right he is extremely hard to beat.

"He's better than ever and Pat said the same, he's better as a five-year-old.

"He's a very high class horse and we'll discuss plans with Lord Grimthorpe (owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager).

"We'll keep an open mind and look at races in France, in particular the Prix Jacques le Marois.

"We'll also look at the Arlington Million. Ground conditions are important, he needs an ease in the ground."

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