Tuesday 19 September 2017

Gordon Lord Byron lands Group Two Greenlands Stakes for his 16th career win

Gordon Lord Byron, right, with Chris Hayes up, on their way to winning the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival at The Curragh, Co Kildare. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Gordon Lord Byron, right, with Chris Hayes up, on their way to winning the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival at The Curragh, Co Kildare. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
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Popular veteran Gordon Lord Byron rolled back the years to cause a 20-1 upset in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes.

The Group Two lost its sheen following the defection of likely favourite Acapulco, who made such a striking return to action at this track a fortnight ago.

But the outcome was no less satisfying for connections of Gordon Lord Byron, who proved a belligerent ally from the front and never really looked like getting caught in the hands of Chris Hayes.

Eventual runner-up Only Mine tried hard, but the Tom Hogan-trained nine-year-old still had a length and a half up his sleeve at the line.

Hayes said: "He doesn't quicken on this ground, he lengthens on it. He won despite it (the ground).

"In fairness to Tom, he let me do my own thing."

Earlier, Brother Bear kept his unbeaten record intact with an impressive display in the Cold Move Irish EBF Marble Hill Stakes.

Jessica Harrington's colt made a big impression on his debut at Leopardstown three weeks ago and was the 2-1 favourite stepped up to Listed class.

Colm O'Donoghue kept his mount wide and out of trouble and he asserted in taking fashion to score by three lengths from Would Be King.

O'Donoghue said: "That will teach him a bit more. We thought he would handle the easier ground.

"He definitely travels and has a gear."

Brother Bear is now available at odds of around 11-2 about winning the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Harrington said: "That was fantastic as I was very worried about the ground. I was very impressed with him.

"It was good to firm at Leopardstown and he skipped across it but this was the complete opposite.

"He learned from his first run as he was quick out of the stalls. He rolled around a bit on the ground in front, but you would expect that.

"The Coventry Stakes is more than likely where he'll go if all is all right, but he has to step up again."

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