Gordon Lord Byron on Track for 2014 Hong Kong Sprint

November 27th, 2014

Securing an impressive victory at the highest level of Australian racing when taking out the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) during the 2014 Autumn Carnival, trainer Tom Hogan is confident classy British runner Gordon Lord Byron is more than a chance of success in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin Racecourse on December 14th.

Gordon Lord Byron (inside) has been confirmed to contest the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint. Photo: Steve Hart

Gordon Lord Byron (inside) has been confirmed to contest the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint. Photo: Steve Hart

Securing an impressive race record of eleven wins and a further 18 minor places from his 43 competitive appearances on course so far, Gordon Lord Byron jumped from the gates well in the George Ryder Stakes, making himself known to the Australian racing community when displaying an exceptional turn of foot in the final straight at Rosehill to finish comfortably in the clear of closest rival Speediness.

Having secured several impressive results over eight proceeding starts, including a comfortable win in the Group 2 Champions Sprint Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot on October 18th, Hogan is confident the Hong Kong Sprint is a far-better option for the Byron gelding this season rather than the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile; a race for which he has placed fourth in the two most recent editions.

“It all went perfectly at Dundalk. He loves it there, he strode out well and had a little blow afterwards,” Hogan told AAP.

“We might go back there again next Friday just to get him spot on for Hong Kong.

“We’ve decided we will take our chances on the draw and go for the Sprint. His runs in Australia show he is good enough to go for the race.

“The milers in Hong Kong are exceptionally good. We’ve had a couple of goes at the race before and we’ve not had much luck in running and still finished two lengths off the winner.

“We think he’s capable of running a good race in the Sprint and deserves his chance.”

Running a credible sixth amongst classy competition in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) following his George Ryder triumph, Gordon Lord Byron progressed to seventh in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin on May 4th before returning to Britain for second place finishes in each of the Group 3 Renaissance Stakes (1207m), Group 1 Sprint Cup (1207m) and Group 1 Prix De La Foret (1400m) in France most notably leading into the Champions Sprint Stakes.

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