19 August 2013

Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) opened his account for the year with a hard-fought victory in the Group 3 Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday. Having hit the bar with credible runs in his last two outings when running into stronger opposition abroad and domestically, the five year old son of Woodlands Stud stallion Byron (IRE) needed every yard of the increased trip of a mile before hitting top gear to see off Ansgar (IRE) and Dawn Approach’s regular pacemaker Leitir Mor (IRE), giving punters who backed him at odds of 4/9 more than a few anxious moments. Purchased at the Goffs November Foal sale by Morgan and Jane Cahalan for only €2,000 he failed to attract a bid when offered as a yearling, leaving the pin hookers with little choice but to put him in training. Now the winner of more than €580,000 in prize money with 2 stakes races and the Group 1 Prix de la Foret in France to his name, it is safe to say that the Cahalans along with the rest of his connections are quite pleased they kept faith in the Tom Hogan trained star. Gordon Lord Byron also made it a good week for his part owner Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, whose colours were carried to victory recently by Haydock Group 3 winner David Livingston (IRE).


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