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Dermot Weld: The master trainer; Weld's 2,578th win sets all-time Irish career record.

Dermot Weld, who has made racing history several times during his distinguished career, reached the ultimate landmark yesterday.

Weld surpassed Senator Jim Parkinson's career record for the most wins by a trainer in Ireland-which had stood at 2,577 since 1947-when Georgia Peach won the Victory Note Maiden at Naas under Pat Shanahan.

Weld, speaking from Cork, said: "It's great to beat the record at last. It's a great

honour for myself, my family and all my staff.

"I'm thinking of people like Joe Malone, who has been my head lad since I started training and has been with me through thick and thin.

"It's appropriate that Pat was the jockey to achieve the record for me. He has ridden for me for a long time and won the 1996 Irish Derby for me on Zagreb. He's a rider who I can honestly say has never lost a race for me that he should have won."

Shanahan was quick to pay tribute, saying: "I'm very pleased to have been involved in this. Dermot is a super trainer and I think I've now ridden for him for 11 years."

Weld, 52, rode his first winner when he was only 15, and was three times champion amateur rider in Ireland. He took over as a trainer from his father, the late Charlie Weld, at the beginning of 1972 and kicked off with a treble on New Year's Day.

He has been Ireland's champion Flat trainer nine times and has headed the list for races won on 17 occasions.

Weld has a number of notable firsts to his credit, including being the only European-based trainer to win a US Triple Crown race since Go And Go took the Belmont Stakes in 1990.

He was also the first European-based trainer to win a race in Hong Kong, and is the only one to win Australia's Melbourne Cup, with Vintage Crop in 1993. His record total does not include about 100 victories abroad.

His 13 Classic wins include the Irish Derby, Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks (twice), Irish St Leger (twice), Irish 2,000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas (twice) and Derby Italiano.

He has also won the Irish Grand National, the Triumph Hurdle and a string of races at Royal Ascot.

A career studded with worldwide success

Full name: Dermot Charles Kenneth Weld. Age: 52

Father: Charlie Weld (trainer)

Riding career: champion amateur rider in Ireland 3 times

Assistant to: Tommy Smith, Charlie Weld

Stables: Rosewell House, The Curragh, from 1972

First winner: Spanner over hurdles, Baldoyle, January 1, 1972

First Group winner: Boreen (1972 Player-Wills Stakes)

Melbourne Cup winner: Vintage Crop (1993)

US Classic winner: Go And Go (1990 Belmont Stakes)

Other big winners abroad: Additional Risk (1991 Hong Kong International Bowl), Pine Dance (2000 American Derby)

English Classic winner: Blue Wind (1981 Oaks)

Irish Classic winners: Blue Wind (1981 Oaks), Prince's Polly (1982 1,000 Guineas), Flash Of Steel (1986 2,000 Guineas), Trusted Partner (1988 1,000 Guineas), Vintage Crop (1993 St Leger, 1994 St Leger), Zagreb (1996 Derby), Dance Design (1996 Oaks)

Other Classic winners: Again Tomorrow (1985 Premio Parioli), Gay Burslem (1988 Premio Parioli), In A Tiff (1992 Derby Italiano)

Other Group 1 wins: Hot Spark (1974 Flying Childers Stakes), Steel Heart (1974 Middle Park Stakes), Sookera (1977 Cheveley Park Stakes), Committed (1984 Nunthorpe Stakes, Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, 1985 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp), Flutter Away (1987 Moyglare Stud Stakes), Brief Truce (1992 St James's Palace Stakes), Market Booster (1993 Bayerisches Zuchtrennen), Definite Article (1994 National Stakes), Mus-If (1998 National Stakes)

Richest wins: The Caretaker (1989 Cartier Million), Rinka Das (1990 Cartier Million), Vintage Crop (1993 Melbourne Cup)

Champion juvenile hurdlers: Dark Raven (1985/86), Rare Holiday (1989/90)

Irish Grand National winner: Perris Valley (1988)

2,578th career win (record for trainer in Ireland): Georgia Peach, Naas, August 7, 2000

Most wins in a year in Ireland: 150 (120 Flat, 30 NH) in 1991

Main jockeys: Johnny Roe 1974-75, Wally Swinburn 1976-82, Darrel McHargue 1983, Mick Kinane 1984-98, Pat Smullen from 1999

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