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Byron back with a bang

Gordon Lord Byron got his season back on track with a determined display in the Dubai Duty Free Dash at the Curragh.

Tom Hogan's multiple Group One-winning sprinter suffered an injury in Hong Kong earlier in the year and failed to fire in last month's Greenlands Stakes or last week's Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Sent off at 100-30 back in Listed class, the seven-year-old was settled in behind horses by Wayne Lordan before being produced to challenge for the lead a furlong down.

British raider Line Of Reason, a winner at Cork a fortnight ago, came with a run down the outside of the field, but Gordon Lord Byron was not for passing and came home with something to spare.

It was the veteran's first victory in Ireland in almost two years and his 12th career success overall.

Balmont Mast pipped Line Of Reason to the runner-up spot.

Hogan said: "It's nice to win at the Curragh as he does a lot of his work here, but it is the first time he has won at the Curragh. Every time he has come here before something went wrong.

"I wasn't worried about the ground. Firm ground doesn't bother him, it's only dead, sticky ground that he can't handle. I was afraid they would not go much of a pace but they did and he quickened away nicely.

"He may come back here for the Minstrel Stakes, we'll give the July Cup a miss, and he can go on his travels then.

"He ran too fresh at Ascot, he hit the gate and ran with the choke out, and it was a great run in hindsight. He needs a run every three weeks or else he gets too fresh like at Ascot.

"He could go to France for the Prix Maurice de Gheest and he'll go to Haydock for the Sprint Cup for sure."

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