Six-year-old Gordon Lord Byron is set to make his fourth start in the Hong Kong International meeting on December 14 as the globetrotter prepares for the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m).
The gelding ran in both the 2012 and 2013 edition of the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m), finishing just outside the placings in fourth both times, as well as the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) in May this year.
The time around his connections have decided to run Gordon Lord Byron in the sprint race of the meeting after he won the Group 2 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot in October.
While Gordon Lord Byron is typically kept to the mile, he has run in the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup (1207m) at Haydock the past three years and proven successful. The gelding was a close runner-up in 2012 before winning by three lengths in 2013 and finishing runner up again in this year’s edition.
While Australia’s talent arrived in Hong Kong earlier this week, Gordon Lord Byron isn’t set to touch down until Saturday. His trainer Tom Hogan told Sky Racing on Thursday that he couldn’t be happier with the prospective sprinter’s condition ahead of the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint.
“He’s been in great form since his last run at Ascot, and we’ve taken him to Dundalk, where he loves the surface,” Hogan said.
“His work there last Friday evening was first class – absolutely tip-top.
“Gordon Lord Byron is not short of speed. He’s been to Haydock, a fast six-furlong (1200m) track, for the Sprint Cup these past three years, and run well.
“Last year the Hong Kong Sprint was won by Lord Kanaloa by five lengths. That’s like winning a two mile race by a distance and I don’t see a Lord Kanaloa in the field this year.
“Sole Power was second last year, and we’ve beaten him before over six furlongs.
“All we can hope for is a reasonable draw, and some cover and luck in running. We go there with confidence, and it’s certainly worth a shot.”
Australia will be represented in the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint by four-time Group One winner Buffering, who is offering odds of $9 at Ladbrokes.com.au alongside Sole Power while Gordon Lord Byron is available at $12.
Hong Kong-based Aerovelocity is the race favourite at $5.50.
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