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Gordon sets himself up for Haydock

Tom Hogan is looking forward to seeing Gordon Lord Byron bid to regain his crown in next month's Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock following another tremendous effort in France on Sunday.

The seven-year-old proved he is as good as ever in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, going down by just a length to this season's star sprinter Muhaarar.

The pair could clash again on Merseyside on September 5 in a race Gordon Lord Byron won in 2013 and finished second in last year and in 2012.

Hogan said: "He ran a super race and you'd have to be happy with him.

"He ran pretty well up to his best form. We know he's capable of getting placed in these races and if we keep having a poke with him, hopefully one might come his way.

"He was racing away from them in the middle of the track and when he hit the front, because he's getting on a bit, he think he's done enough.

"I don't want to put cheek pieces on him as he's so genuine. He just likes to get up close and personal with the other horses and if he can do that he'll give them a battle.

"He was beaten by the best sprinter in Europe and we're happy to take him on again. If we're second to him again, we'll be happy.

"Haydock is still very much the plan. He's in rude health and if we can keep him that way, we might get a result before the year is out."

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