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French test for Lord Byron


Gordon Lord Byron

Gordon Lord Byron

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Gordon Lord Byron

Tom Hogan is confident Gordon Lord Byron has the ability to make his presence felt in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday.

The Group One-winning five-year-old has been drawn in stall one, while big rivals Lethal Force and Moonlight Cloud are drawn high in stalls nine and 11 respectively.

Gordon Lord Byron finished third to Society Rock at York in May and was then fourth at Royal Ascot, beaten four and three-quarter lengths by Lethal Force, before dropping down to Group Three company at the Curragh to finish second to Aidan O'Brien's high-profile American recruit Darwin.

Hogan said: "He seems spot-on. It's a good race, all the good ones are in it. Moonlight Cloud and Lethal Force are two exceptional sprinters, but we have to go there confident that if things go right we are capable of winning, otherwise there would be no point in going.

"I'd prefer to be drawn nearer those two, but there's nothing we can do about that and we'll just have to see how it plays out. The trip should be ideal and he does seem to run better on flatter tracks like this.

"Our horse goes on anything other than very heavy ground, so that shouldn't be an issue. His last run was very good. Giving 12lb to a good three-year-old at this time of year is very difficult."

Gordon Lord Byron will be ridden by Johnny Murtagh on Sunday, with the jockey back on board for just the second time after the partnership finished third in a Dundalk handicap in 2011.

Hogan said: "William Buick wasn't available, so we've gone for the super-sub."