Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 12 December 2019

Hogan's Lord chasing more Aussie glory

Craig Williams riding Gordon Lord Byron
Craig Williams riding Gordon Lord Byron

Richard Forristal

TOM HOGAN'S fairytale adventure with crack sprinter Gordon Lord Byron will enter its next phase at Randwick in Sydney early on Saturday morning after the six-year-old was drawn in stall 11 of 18 for the TJ Smith Stakes.

After fracturing his pelvis on his track bow at Roscommon, Gordon Lord Byron spent a year on the sidelines before eventually morphing into one of the best Irish sprinters around.

Winner of the George Ryder Stakes over a mile secured the third Group One success of his career at Rosehill 11 days ago and confirmed his status as a versatile, globe-trotting Flat horse of serious merit. Returned at odds of 18/1 there, Gordon Lord Byron's main Australian target has always been Saturday's six-furlong Group One, for which he is the 13/2 third favourite.

Custom Cut, winner of the Group Three Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh 12 months ago, is set to return to headquarters on Sunday to defend his crown. Formerly trained by George Kent and now in the hands of David O'Meara in Britain, Custom Cut made all to land the prize last year and his trainer is hopeful of a similar outcome this time around.

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