Saturday 14 December 2019

Weld's Name aims for Hamburg success

Richard Forristal

Dermot Weld will seek to bring the curtain down on his record-breaking week in Galway by achieving a landmark triumph slightly further afield in Germany.

At 4.05 in Hamburg tomorrow, Famous Name, one of Rosewell House's most consistent stalwarts over the past four years, tackles the Bayerishes Zuchtrennan.

It will be the popular six-year-old's eighth attempt at a Group One in a fourth different country, and Weld is anxious that he isn't retired without gaining the top-level success that his reliability deserves.

In 26 career starts, Famous Name has scored 14 times. Of those 14, only his 2007 debut win at Naas is not of the Listed or Group variety, while he has been out of the first three on just three occasions.

It is a remarkable record that the Khalid Abdullah-owned son of Dansili boasts, yet Weld is keenly aware that it remains somewhat incomplete without a Group One. Tomorrow's race over 10 furlongs looks by some way the weakest race of this standard that Famous Name has ever contested.

With the ground officially soft, everything appears to be in his favour, so there will be great disappointment if he doesn't finally oblige under Pat Smullen in a race that Weld won back in 1993 with the Mick Kinane-ridden Market Booster.

Meanwhile, the talented, but temperamental filly Memory was retired yesterday after she refused to come out of the stalls for the third time this season. The three-year-old -- winner last year's Albany and Cherry Hinton Stakes, which failed to start both the 1,000 Guineas and Falmouth Stakes -- exasperated her connections yet again when planting herself as the stalls opened for the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood.

The Richard Hannon-trained filly will go to the sales later this year and Harry Herbert, managing director of owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "You can't take away last year at Royal Ascot and Newmarket.

"She was a brilliant filly, but has her own mind. We have no idea why it happens."

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