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Gordon Lord Byron


  • 2019 Series win-2nd-3rd - -
  • 2019 Total prize money


A tremendous success story – not least because he was sold for just 2,000 euros as a youngster and fractured his pelvis on his first start. By the end of 2015, he had won 13 of his 56 races and earned Β£1.64 million in prize money.

A four-time winner in his native Ireland, he first came to the attention of British racegoers when he finished down the field after a wretched run in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot in 2012.

After a narrow defeat in a Group 3 contest at the Curragh in August, he registered an impressive success in Listed company at York’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival later in the month.

That victory precluded the best performance of his career to date when he beat all bar Society Rock in the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park on September 8 2012.

However, he topped even that when landing the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp and finished the year with a creditable fourth place behind Ambitious Dragon in the Hong Kong Mile.

He warmed up for Dubai with a facile victory in a conditions race at Dundalk in early March on his seasonal return in 2013, but could only finish seventh in the Golden Shaheen (Group 1) on Dubai World Cup Night on 30 March.

He bettered that next time out when a good third to Society Rock in the Duke Of York Stakes at York in May and was subsequently fourth in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, followed by a good third behind Moonlight Cloud and Lethal Force – unquestionably Europe’s top two sprinters – in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in early August.

His trainer, Tom Hogan, is sure that he improves in the autumn and he did just that to sluice up by an easy three lengths in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park, substantially bettering the previous year’s second place on the rain-softened ground to record his first QIPCO British Champions Series success.

He tried to follow up in the Prix de la Foret on Arc Day but after striking for home, was cut down by the brilliant Moonlight Cloud and had to settle for second place. He then tried a mile in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but could only finish seventh.

He finished the 2013 season with a fine fourth place, beaten just two lengths, in the Hong Kong Mile – the same position as he finished in 2012.

He could not have started 2014 better. Having flown him out to Australia, he won first time up in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill, getting up close home to prevail by a head after staying on strongly in the final furlong. Next time out he contested the Darley TJ Smith Stakes, a Group 1 over six furlongs, but he hated the slippery ground and was a never nearer sixth, beaten just under four lengths.

Next he went to Hong Kong for the Group 1 Champions Mile, but could only finish seventh behind the runaway winner, Variety Club, trained by Mike De Kock.

In the UK, he went for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot but the ground was too quick for him and he had to settle for eighth place. He then ran in a Group 3 at the Curragh but was beaten a nose. He returned to Haydock Park to try to win a second Betfred Sprint Cup, but was foiled by G Force well inside the final furlong after taking the lead two furlongs from home.

He then went for a Group 2 mile race at Leopardstown, finishing third and then returned to the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp where he was comfortably beaten into second by Olympic Glory.

Next he contested the QIPCO British Champions Sprint in which he squeezed through a gap well inside the final furlong to win going away by a length and a quarter from Tropics and Jack Dexter. It was his first victory at Ascot after four previous attempts.

Another dozen runs followed in 2015. He chalked up successive wins at the Curragh but his best effort was when a length third to Muhaarar in the Larc Prix Maurice De Gheest at Deauville in August.


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