Famous Name can bounce back to form

DERBY weekend at the Curragh starts with a very low-key six-race card tonight, where the feature is the Group 3 Irish Daily Mail International Stakes.

The vote goes to Dermot Weld’s Famous Name, who can leave behind a mildly disappointing effort on this track last time.

He contested the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and one would have expected him to at least take second spot behind long odds-on So You Think.

The five-year-old failed to pick up to any great extent in the straight, however, finishing a well beaten third behind So You Think and Campanologist. The selection is better than that and generally an admirably consistent colt.

Elusive Pimpernel represents John Dunlop, but had has his problems and performed poorly when only sixth to Workforce in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown last month. A remote third in that contest was Aidan O’Brien’s Jan Vermeer, who followed by doing the donkey work for So You Think in the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Inevitably, Jan Vermeer died a thousand deaths in the straight, trailing in some 60 lengths adrift of the winner, Rewilding.

He could be an entirely different proposition now, but Famous Name will strip a fresh horse and gets the vote.

The nap goes to Jim Bolger’s Late Debate in the ten furlongs Today FM Handicap. He won going away by two lengths at Naas on Wednesday evening and it is no great surprise he is asked to make a quick reappearance, under a mandatory 5lbs penalty.

The Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Derby is a puzzle, but a little on Sportsmaster might not go too far astray! He battled on strongly when beating Sam Bass by a short head at Roscommon and should be nicely suited by another two furlongs in trip.

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