He may not have won a Group 1 yet but Famous Name added to his incredible haul of stakes races when he brushed aside the challenge of Born To Sea in the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon.
The Dermot Weld trained seven year old was sent off the even money favourite for the Group 2 contest and his backers didn’t have a moments worry as he breezed through the 1m 2f contest under Pat Smullen to land his 18th stakes race of a remarkable career.
Famous Name was settled in second place in the early stage of the contest with Bob Le Beau taking the four runner field along at a steady pace.
Turning for home Smullen and Famous Name were travelling much the best and when Born To Sea and Johnny Murtagh loomed upsides them Famous Name quickened away in impressive style to score by six lengths from Born To Sea with Warwick Avenue back in third place.
Speaking in the winners enclosure after the race a delighted Dermot Weld said ” He is a wonderful tribute to his owner Prince Khalid Abdullah. We know that he has Frankel but to breed a horse like this is pretty special.
“He has been racing and training here for six years and his enthusiasm for racing and training is what a racehorse should be all about.
“We missed the Group 1 in Germany as we wanted to win the Meld Stakes at Leopardstown and this race were his two targets. It’s his enthusiasm and his courage that wins him all his races.”