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Famous Name claims 18th career win at Leopardstown

Updated: Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 20:35 | Comments

Famous Name claimed an impressive win at Leopardstown
Famous Name claimed an impressive win at Leopardstown

Famous Name notched career victory number 18 when completing a hat-trick of wins in the Jockey Club Of Turkey Meld Stakes at Leopardstown.

Dermot Weld's seven-year-old entire boosted his fine course record with a comfortable success over Ballybacka Lady.

Pat Smullen had the 3-10 favourite settled in third early on and he stayed out towards the centre of the track as long-time leader Defining Year opted to stick to the inside rail up the straight.

The race was as good as over at the furlong pole after Famous Name scooted clear under a hands and heels ride, and Smullen could afford to ease right off near the line.

Grafelli backed up Sunday's Anglesey Stakes triumph at the Curragh with another Group 3 victory in the Korean Racing Authority Tyros Stakes.

Sent off the 13-8 second-favourite, Jim Bolger's charge was being urged along by Kevin Manning three furlongs out after Kingston Jamaica set the early fractions.

Aidan O'Brien's Lines Of Battle appeared to be travelling best on the outside of the field under the trainer's son, Joseph, but he didn't quicken as expected and had to settle for second as Grafelli kept finding to register a neck victory.

The O'Brien-trained Afonso De Sousa (4-9 favourite) turned the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden into a procession from a long way out.

Soon at the head of affairs, O'Brien jnr booted him clear over two furlongs from the finish and the son of Henrythenavigator was ultimately eased down for a nine-length victory over Angel's Dream.

The Morocco Sorec Handicap saw Fairy Wing return to winning ways for Jessie Harrington and Fran Berry.

The 3-1 market leader stormed home by three lengths from Jembatt, while promising rider Marc Monaghan won the "Minutes" Apprentice Handicap on 7-2 shot Waltzing Cat.

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