Gordon Lord Byron (Johnny Murtagh Up), winner of the Betfred Sprint Cup (gr. 1)
Gordon Lord Byron slammed its dozen rivals to win the G1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Race Track in an impressive fashion. The Tom Hogan trained 5 year old owned by Dr.Cyrus Poonawalla, a runner-up in this race last year was given a splendid ride by Johnny Murtagh.
Sent off at 7-2 Gordon Lord Byron took a good start and tracked the leaders on the far side of the track for most part of the race, while Heeraat and Lethal Force disputed for the lead. The son of Byron steered to the front approaching the quarter pole and stretched out with a fluent gallop to finish a clear three lengths in front of Slade Power.
"He looked amazing before the race and went down nice and smoothly," said jockey Murtagh who earned his fifth Group 1 success this season. "I got to the two-furlong pole and he just accelerated. The race was over in a matter of strides. He was always travelling well and went by Lethal Force and the Hamdan horse [Heeraat] like they weren't there. It was an armchair ride."
The winning trainer Tom Hogan said, "I knew the horse would stay well - there were no worries about that. He'll go back to France for the Foret then we might consider stepping up in trip for the QEII."
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