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Saturday's Leopardstown preview

Updated: Friday, 26 Oct 2012 23:25 | Comments

Famous Name is looking to land his 20th stakes success at Leopardstown on Saturday
Famous Name is looking to land his 20th stakes success at Leopardstown on Saturday

The remarkable Famous Name goes for his 20th stakes-race success in the Trigo Stakes at Leopardstown.

Dermot Weld's high-class seven-year-old can count two renewals of this Listed event among his 12 course victories and has won his last four races on the bounce, most recently the Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh.

Weld is also represented by Caponata, with fellow three-year-old fillies Alla Speranza and Colliding Worlds perhaps the biggest threats to the Rosewell stable.

The most interesting contest of the afternoon, with a view to the future anyway, is the JRA Killavullan Stakes, and Weld's duo here is spearheaded by Famous Name's sister Big Break, who was mentioned of as a Classic candidate when breaking her duck over course and distance.

Magician flies the Ballydoyle flag and handled heavy ground with aplomb when making it third-time lucky at the Curragh recently.

Weld again holds a strong hand in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (2.10) because he deemed Rasmeyaa good enough to begin her career at Listed level and she didn't let him down, making the frame in the Flame Of Tara Stakes.

The Jim Bolger-trained Rehn's Nest has also kept excellent company, though, and filled the runner-up berth behind Seolan at the Curragh.

Weld sticks blinkers on Rose Ransom for the first time and improvement is anticipated ahead of her handicap debut in the www.leopardstown.com Nursery, and the trainer had Truthwillsetufree in the Trigo at the five-day stage but has kept his sights relatively low for the time being, with the Leopardstown Club Members Handicap the preferred target.

Zand's introductory performance will have given John Oxx plenty of encouragement and he tries to go one better in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden, while David Wachman's Precious Stone finally got off the mark at Dundalk last time and steps outside of maiden company for the Leopardstown Apprentice Handicap.

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