Gordon Lord Byron Wins 2014 George Ryder Stakes

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.

Gordon Lord Byron (inside) has produced an incredible turn of foot to win the 2014 George Ryder Stakes

Gordon Lord Byron (inside) has produced an incredible turn of foot to win the 2014 George Ryder Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

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

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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


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