STAKES WINNING SWANSONG FOR FAMOUS NAME

Juddmonte stalwart Famous Name signed off his remarkably consistent career in style when winning his third Trigo Stakes at Leopardstown by three and a half lengths on Saturday (27th October).

The son of DANSILI will now retire to stand at the Irish National Stud for 2013, but his fans should be able to enjoy his full-sister Big Break – who won the Killavullan Stakes Gr.3 by almost four lengths on the same card - on the racecourse next season.

Taken from European Bloodstock News 28/10/12:

The news of the DANSILI seven-year-old’s retirement came following his stylish Listed Trigo Stakes win at Leopardstown, which was the 20th stakes success of his career. Trained by Dermot Weld for his breeder Khalid Abdulla throughout his six season career, he raced 37 times and only ever once ran outside of stakes level, which came when he made a winning debut in a six furlong maiden at Naas in July 2007.

Famous Name, who has developed into a true Leopardstown specialist, won seven times this season and achieved the biggest victory of his career when trouncing Born To Sea in the Gr.2 Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh in August. Furthermore, this year also saw him achieve the notable distinction of winning the Gr.3 Meld Stakes, the Gr.3 Amethyst Stakes and the Listed
Trigo Stakes for the third time.

In addition to his impressive winning record, he also reached the frame in a host of top class contests, with his finest performance coming when he narrowly failed to overcome a seemingly impossible draw to finish second in the 2008 Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club.

While Weld will be without Famous Name for 2013, he has much to look forward to in the horse’s full-sister Big Break, who emerged as a 1,000 Guineas contender with a smooth win in the Gr.3 Killavullan Stakes on the same card yesterday. The two-year-old filly took the lead with a furlong to go and quickened clear to win by three and three quarters of a length.
 
Famous Name and Big Break are half-siblings to Zaminast (ZAMINDAR), who, like her older half-brother, also won the Trigo Stakes. Their dam Fame At Last (Quest For Fame) comes from the immediate family of the triple Gr.1 Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, by Desert King.

Date: 29 October 2012