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Gordon Lord Byron

Gordon Lord Byron

Gordon Lord Byron

The amazing story of the once unwanted Gordon Lord Byron will have another chapter next week when Tom Hogan's horse-of-a-lifetime tries to create history by winning the Longines Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday week.

Gordon Lord Byron will be threading on familiar territory when he lines up at Sha Tin later in the month as it will be his fourth run in Hong Kong but his first in this particular race.

Hogan had previously campaigned the versatile Gordon Lord Byron at the Hong Kong Mile in 2012 and 2013, where he finished fourth on both occasions, but speaking ahead of the horses arrival at Sha Tin this coming Saturday, the trainer couldn't be happier with the six-year-old.

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"He's been in great form since his last run at Ascot, and we've taken him to Dundalk, where he loves the surface. His work there last Friday evening was first class - absolutely tip-top."

Jockey Wayne Lordan has had a memorable campaign and he'll be hoping to cap off the season on a high on Gordon Lord Byron and Hogan is delighted to have his services.

"Wayne gave him a great ride at Ascot, and the horse was very brave. For my money (it was) the ride of the season! He has a great record as a sprint jockey."

Reflecting on the brave call, moving away from the Hong Kong Mile and heading instead for the Longines Hong Kong Sprint, Hogan said: "In the Prix de La Foret on Arc day, when he was second to Olympic Glory, they went the first five furlongs in sub 56 seconds, so he's not short of pace. Last year, the Hong Kong Sprint was won by Lord Kanaloa by five lengths - that's like winning a two mile race by a distance - and I don't see a Lord Kanaloa in the field this year. Sole Power was second last year, and we've beaten him before over six furlongs.

"All we can hope for is a reasonable draw, and some cover and some luck in running.

"We go there with confidence, and it's certainly worth a shot. Anyway we've never been afraid to get beat." he concluded.


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