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TODAY'S two-year-old maiden, now run as the claregalwayhotel.ie Maiden, provided Dermot Weld with his first training success at the Galway Festival, in 1972.

Klarivimy gave Weld that breakthrough success, a year after his late father Charlie won the inaugural running of the race with Master Albert. Last year, Thunder Mountain became the trainer's 21st winner of the race.

Rosewell House has won this event with the likes of subsequent Belmont Stakes winner Go And Go and 2004 Irish Derby victor Grey Swallow.

Tuesday's equivalent fillies maiden has also been a target for Weld through the decades, among his winners of that being Dance Design, which won on a 1995 night best remembered for the ferocious thunderstorm which hit Ballybrit.

In recent years, both of these juvenile events have developed into a head-to-head between Rosewell House and Aidan O'Brien (left) and his Ballydoyle team. In fact, no other trainer has won either event in the last seven years.

In the colts' race, Weld enjoys a 5-2 advantage while he leads the fillies' event 4-3.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2013
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