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FOLLOWING trainer quotes can be an expensive pastime. They often get carried away in the aftermath of a race, especially a win. Sales pitches aren't uncommon. Neither is ignorance of the opposition.
But one trainer who doesn't belong in that category is Pat Flynn, who has had enough horses to know when he has a good one. That makes his postrace comments after Designs On Rome's maiden win at Naas all the more noteworthy.
The son of Holy Roman Emperor won the 7f contest by two lengths with a scintillating display. The juvenile had obviously improved from his first two runs but Flynn had no hesitation in saying Designs On Rome was one of the best horses he's ever trained. High praise indeed from the mas n who behind Montelado.
Flynn also reminded reporters that we hadn't seen the best of his colt and that he had problems prior to Naas. He promised us improvement.
Designs On Rome contests the nursery at Tipperary (5.45) off a mark of 89 and should be up to winning if he's anywhere near the horse connections think.
Big things were expected of Parkers Mill last season and, while he has failed to set the pulse racing this term, he should register his first success of the campaign in the 1m1f conditions race (7.25).
He was a blatant non-stayer over 1m6f at Killarney last time but the smoothness with which he travelled suggested he still retains plenty of ability. Parkers Mill can finally fulfil some his potential back in trip against moderate opposition.
Bellewstown has attracted some quality performers and the most appetising bet is Gate Please in the 3m maiden hurdle (7.00).
Michael Hourigan immediately suggested the hurdling route after Gate Please won a 2m2f Galway bumper three weeks ago. The further he went, the better he looked, so the step up in trip should suit.
It could be a profitable evening for Hourigan as Dingaling looks potentially well handicapped in the 2m4f handicap hurdle (6.30). He is worth another chance as there were valid excuses for his poor run at Limerick when sent off favourite.