Hogan hopes for Haydock heroics from Gordon Lord Byron
Published 04/09/2015 | 22:24
Tom Hogan expects a return to Haydock to bring out the best in Gordon Lord Byron in the Betfred Sprint Cup.
Hogan's stable star lifted this prize in 2013 and was runner-up 12 months ago and in 2012, but needs to bounce back from a slightly disappointing effort in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh a fortnight ago.
"Gordon Lord Byron worked extremely well on Tuesday and I am very happy with him," said Hogan.
"He was a bit stiff after the Renaissance Stakes - he just doesn't seem to cope that well with the undulations at the Curragh.
"He prefers level tracks like Haydock and Deauville and I was very pleased with his third place in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last month, which rates as good a performance as he has ever produced.
"I think the Maurice de Gheest winner, Muhaarar, is the best sprinter we have seen in Europe for a while and the runner-up, Esoterique, went on to win a Group One a week later.
"Gordon Lord Byron tends to have little issues the whole time so some days he is not absolutely on his 'A' game and others he is. But we have learned to manage him - he is very precious to us.
"It looks a very competitive race with plenty of nice three-year-olds in the field, but he has never run a bad race at Haydock and, please god, he can keep that up on Saturday."