Sprint Cup regular Gordon Lord Byron shoots for more Haydock glory
Gordon Lord Byron bids to extend his excellent record in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.
As well as running out an impressive winner of the Group One contest in 2013, the eight-year-old was a close second to Society Rock in 2012 and to G Force in 2014.
Tom Hogan's stable stalwart disappointed when joint-favourite for last year's renewal, but has enjoyed a mini-revival this summer by winning a conditions race at Tipperary and the Group Two Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh.
Hogan said: "He's going back for the fifth time. I don't think there can be many horses that have run in the race five times.
"He seems in very good form and we're hoping that if he runs to within a couple of pounds of his best, that will be good enough for him to be involved in the finish, but we'll see.
"I think he'll need to be at his very best to win it - it's a competitive enough race. I think when he won at the Curragh, that was pretty close to as good as he is as he won with a bit in hand."
Following his Minstrel Stakes triumph, Gordon Lord Byron was a shade disappointing in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.
However, Hogan was pleased with his latest effort when fourth over an inadequate five furlongs at Tipperary.
"The run in France didn't work out as the ground was patchy, he hit a bad patch and that was the end of it, but he ran well in Tipperary the other day and is ready for the job," said the trainer.
"We go in hope and we'll see what he can do."