Group 1 Gordon Lords it at Haydock

10 September 2013

 Rarely has a Group 1 race over six furlongs been won in more impressive fashion than at Haydock on Saturday when GORDON LORD BYRON (IRE) routed his opponents in the Betfred Sprint Cup. Johnny Murtagh’s mount was always cruising and he began to ease clear after the two furlong pole.  Murtagh could afford to ease down considerably in the closing stages and still have three lengths to spare over fellow Irish raider SLADE POWER (IRE). It was a wonderful performance from Tipperary based Tom Hogan’s stable-star who has been a model of consistency all season. Hogan was not surprised by the display and commented;


"I was very confident going into the race because he´s been in the best form he has been all year. I think we will go for the Prix de la Foret (which he won last year) and then we might look at the QEII and go for a Group 1 over a mile for a change. He went to Hong Kong last year over a mile and that would be another option to go back if we get invited."


Saturday was the ninth win and second Group 1 win for the son of Byron who was bred by Roland Alder. He was bought as a foal in Goffs for only €2,000 by Jessica Cahalan, daughter of his part owner Morgan. Unwilling to sell him for handy money as a yearling, the Cahalan’s took the plunge and put GORDON LORD BYRON (IRE) into training with Hogan. It was far from plain sailing at the beginning with the horse cracking his pelvis on his first run as a 2yo, but he had obviously shown enough at home to warrant another crack at the racecourse. He reappeared in the following summer as a 3yo and though showing ability it took until Dundalk in October before he broke his maiden. It wasn’t until he began his 4yo campaign that he took his form to a new level culminating in a brilliant win in the Prix De La Foret on Arc Day. Following that success the Indian businessman and thoroughbred breeder Dr Cyrus Poonawalla bought into the horse and has enjoyed seeing him run at Meydan, Royal Ascot, York, Deauville, Leopardstown and now gaining a deserved second Group 1 success at Haydock. 

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