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  • 14:20 Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden7f

  • €14,500 added 2yo 13 ran
  • Winner €10,006 2nd €2,320 3rd €1,015 4th €580
  • Going: Yielding to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 30.93s
  • Off time: 14:23:28

Rome has National designs

Group One aspirations for maiden winner

Last Updated: 06/08/12 5:08pm

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Designs On Rome: Could attempt to emulate Power's National Stakes win

Designs On Rome: Could attempt to emulate Power's National Stakes win

Designs On Rome could be allowed to take his chance in Group One company after the juvenile opened his account at Naas.

Pat Flynn has always had a high opinion of his charge and hadn't lost his faith in the son of Holy Roman Emperor after defeats in his first two starts, as he had not been beaten far in good maidens at Gowran Park and the Curragh.

Sent off at 9-2 for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, Designs On Rome needed to be chased along by jockey Danny Grant but showed a willing application to his work and was in control of 3-1 favourite Mouteab by two lengths.

"I said early on that he was one of the best I've trained," said Flynn.

"He's in the National Stakes (Curragh, September 15) and will go there. He's a proper horse and is still a bit weak.

Great Feel

"He's given us a great feel since the day he was broke. He's back from a break today and maybe needed the run a bit but Danny said he won easily."

The feature Breda Miley Race saw Ger Lyons' 13-8 favourite Lightnin Hopkins take his course record to two wins from as many starts by bravely holding off Boston Rocker.

Kept away from his two rivals by Gary Carroll, Lyons felt he had won in spite of the very testing ground.

"It's as bad as I've seen all summer - very tacky," Lyons said.

"That win was a bonus and we'll step him up to stakes company now."

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