Gordon Lord Byron primed for Cup defence
Last Updated: 26/08/14 4:09pm
Tom Hogan is confident Gordon Lord Byron will return to Haydock in the best possible shape to defend his Betfred Sprint Cup crown on Saturday week.
The six-year-old was a brilliant winner of the Merseyside Group One last September, one of three top-level victories during his excellent career.
He was found to be suffering from a back problem when disappointing in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, but looked much more like his old self following a two-month break when beaten just a nose by Jamesie in Saturday's Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh.
Hogan said: "He's come out of the weekend in great shape and we're hoping he'll improve for the run and come forward a good bit ahead of the race on Saturday week.
"If he'd have got the split he'd have won without coming off the bridle on Saturday, so it was a good run and there was no slouching about. A minute and 10 (seconds) at the Curragh is a pretty sharp time.
"Hopefully there isn't too much more rain. He's pretty adaptable ground-wise, but he doesn't want it too deep.
"I think he'll go to Haydock in as good a form as last year, if not a bit better, so we're looking forward to it."