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Lord Byron set to rule at york

Tom Hogan's Gordon Lord Byron will look to return to winning ways for the first time since his historic Group One triumph in the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill back in March when he heads to York next week.

Hogan's 10-time winner and stable star was one of a number of horses to work after racing at the Curragh following Sunday's meeting and the trainer has been pleased with his progress.

The Tipperary based trainer said: "He is in wonderful form and his work was very exciting.

"The City of York Stakes at York on Friday week is his initial target and then the Haydock Sprint."

options

Gordon Lord Byron hasn't been seen since following home Slade Power in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and Slade Power's trainer Eddie Lynam is also eyeing up York next week and his Queen Mary winner Anthem Alexander has a couple of options for next week.

The two-time winner attracted a lot of attention for the manner of her victory at Royal Ascot and a tilt at Group One level last weekend in the Phoenix Stakes was foiled by unsuitable soft ground.

Later in the season Anthem Alexander holds entries in the Cheveley Park Stakes and the Dubai Fillies Mile, both at Newmarket but next week she has the option of either running in the Group Two Lowther Stakes or making that step into top level company in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes.

"Obviously she couldn't run because of the going," Lynam said.

"She has a couple of entries in York next week and we will make a decision over the weekend about what we are going to do.

"Both races are under careful consideration. I've discussed it with her owner and we are going to talk again later in the week."

Lynam was represented in Group One company last week when Viztoria ran in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville but she could only finish 12th with Lynam unable to offer any reason behind the uncharacteristic performance.

"Viztoria ran disappointingly. We have no explanation for it, she seems fine," the trainer explained.

concrete

"She is well entered up and we will wait and see how she is over the next fortnight or so before making any concrete plans.

"It was the first time ever in her career that she ran a disappointing race and, at this moment in time, we have no reason for it."

Meanwhile, Anthem Alexander could be a prime candidate for a new Group One to be run at Royal Ascot next year.

It was announced yesterday that the Royal Meeting would stage an eighth Group One during the week and it will be a £375,000 race for three-year-olds only over six-furlongs and thus replace the Buckingham Palace Stakes.


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