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Dundalk unlikely for Byron

Gordon Lord Byron is unlikely to take up his engagement at Dundalk on Friday, with a flight to Hong Kong booked for midweek.

Tom Hogan is looking forward to saddling his multiple Group One winner in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin on March 15, a seven-furlong event granted international status for the first time this year.

The trainer has taken his stable star to Ireland's only all-weather circuit on a couple of occasions to gallop as part of his preparations and the seven-year-old was given a surprise entry in this week's Value Centre Race, a conditions race over a mile with Fast-Track Qualifier status for All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.

But Hogan said: "He's in Newmarket as we speak, he worked this morning on the Al Bahathri and Wayne Lordan rode him.

"The plan as it stands is for him to catch a ferry to Amsterdam tonight and then fly to Hong Kong on Wednesday. These things are never 100 per cent certain, but if everything goes according to plan that is what will be happening.

"If for some reason there is a hitch with the travelling and he doesn't travel to Hong Kong, he'll turn up in Dundalk on Friday.

"He's been to Dundalk a couple of times to work, just to keep him happy, and he seems in good form."


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