Talented Irish runner Gordon Lord Byron has produced an incredible final straight sprint to claim the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend, having jumped at long odds of $21.
Jumping only fairly, Gordon Lord Byron settled off the pace of early leaders El Roca, Eurozone and Ninth Legion, taking up a position on the rail well within the pack.
Appearing to be well-and-truly out of contention rounding onto the final straight, jockey Craig Williams found a clean racing line on the inside of the main pack for the classy Bryon gelding, quickly gathering momentum and joining fellow-outside chance Speediness in the lead, poking a nose clear over the line with in-form runner El Roca maintaining position for third.
Trainer Tom Hogan said he was confident of a successful stint down under this season, but revealed he was not completely sold on success first-up, expecting to have used the George Ryder as a form builder ahead of a likely tilt at the Doncaster Mile (1600m) in two weeks.
“He’s a proper horse” Hogan said following the George Ryder Triumph.
“We’ve had great help here, the facilities have been wonderful, it’s just quarantine was a bit long.
“He should be fairly straight for his next run here in two weeks’ time; that run should put him right.
“I said jokingly a couple of months ago my plan for him this year was to win a Group 1 in Australia, one in Asian, one in Europe and one in America; so we’ve got the first one.”
Owner Morgan Cahalan travelled to Australia to witness Gordon Lord Byron’s maiden Australian campaign first-hand, and was thrilled with the first-up result.
“Absolutely wonderful – a dream” Cahalan said following the win.
“A cracking good horse, a terrific jockey and a great trainer in Tom Hogan.”
Leading jockey Craig Williams delivered a typically sensational ride on Gordon Lord Byron in the 2014 George Ryder Stakes, and was quick the praise the travelling Irish team for the success.
“They’ve got a great system here; they’ve come out with the horse and travelled successfully before” Williams said while weighing in after the George Ryder Stakes.
“They gave me the opportunity so I could further understand Gordon Lord Byron.
“He was great today, I was really looking forward to him coming to Sydney, he’s got a two pronged attack and they’ve got decisions to make now of where to go with him.
“Tom Hogan and the owners, thanks for giving me the opportunity and a big thrill to win a Group 1 race in the autumn in Sydney.
“Full credit to their preparation; he’s basically first-up, Group 1 level, weight-for-age, 1500, new place and they’ve done a fantastic job.”
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2014 George Ryder Stakes Results
|1||2||GORDON LORD BYRON (IRE)||Tom Hogan||Craig Williams||–||5||59kg||$19|
|2||6||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Damien Oliver||0.2L||6||59kg||$26|
|3||14||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Hugh Bowman||1L||11||56kg||$7|
|4||4||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||1.6L||2||59kg||$7|
|5||5||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||2.7L||4||59kg||$21|
|6||13||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Kerrin McEvoy||2.8L||3||57kg||$11|
|7||1||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||4.5L||9||59kg||$8|
|8||10||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||5L||7||59kg||$41|
|9||8||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||Chad Schofield||5.6L||10||59kg||$51|
|10||12||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||Michael Rodd||6.4L||13||57kg||$3.70F|
|11||9||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Jason Collett||6.7L||12||59kg||$13|
|12||7||FAT AL||Peter G Moody||Craig Newitt||9.1L||15||59kg||$71|
|13||11||TRES BLUE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||10L||8||58.5kg||$31|
|14||3||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||10.7L||14||59kg||$31|
|15||15||EUROZONE||Bart & James Cummings||Jim Cassidy||12.7L||1||56kg||$12|