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Sprint is a logical step for Gordon Lord Byron


Craig Williams riding Gordon Lord Byron

Craig Williams riding Gordon Lord Byron

Craig Williams riding Gordon Lord Byron

Tom Hogan's explanation couldn't make the situation any clearer really. The Hong Kong Mile would be most people's idea of the best race for Gordon Lord Byron but his trainer feels the Hong Kong Sprint is "worth a gamble".

"It's a race that five or six could win if they get the splits and get the right breaks but I felt if I went for the Mile there is one and possibly two Hong Kong horses here I wouldn't be able to beat so we would have to settle for place money," Hogan told the Herald.

Gordon Lord Byron has made most of his trips around the world worthwhile and his last two to Hong Kong's International meeting were no different when finishing fourth in the Mile on both occasions. Despite the change of plan the trainer is still more than hopeful.

"This is a race you could finish nowhere in but you could also win it and after he ran the first five furlongs in the Prix de la Foret this year in sub 55 seconds, that that kind of gave us the idea that we can have a crack at a Group One sprint.

"This race is a little different because you jump out and you are into the bend so a good jump and a good draw is crucial and I'm happy with the draw - I couldn't have any complaints once we were in single figures."

Unlike Australia, the quarantine isn't as strict for Hong Kong and the horses don't have to arrive at base so early but that did cause the slightest of concerns for Hogan on this occasion.

"He has travelled better than he has travelled this time as he was just a little bit stiff coming off the lorry but they have very good physios here and he got a rub the first couple of days and he was moving absolutely brilliant on Thursday morning.

For jockey Wayne Lordan, it will see him try to beat Sole Power, who he shared his first Group One winner with.

"His performance as a sprint jockey on the international stage this year has been superb and maybe he deserved a HRI Award!" said Hogan, who proudly won the Outstanding Achievement Award on Monday.