Hogan looking at America or China for Gordon Lord Byron

Dual trainer Tom Hogan has not yet decided on Gordon Lord Byron’s next move as the Nenagh based trainer weighs up his options for the Group 1 winning four-year old.

Gordon Lord Byron stormed up at Longchamp to win the seven furlongs Prix de la Foret contest in Paris on Sunday afternoon and Hogan has said his next move will be either the Breeders’ Cup Mile or Hong Kong Mile, with a decision to be taken next week.

Hogan is sure Gordon Lord Byron has the stamina to get a mile on a turning track as jockey William Buick said he had done well to win the 7f contest on Sunday on testing ground at Longchamp.

“Gordon Lord Byron has plenty of speed and racing over a mile around two bends should suit him well,” Hogan told the Racing Post. “It opens up plenty of options for him.

“He stopped off in England and is due back home in the morning. We’ll leave it for about a week and see how he is before deciding if it will be Santa Anita or Sha Tin.

“William (Buick) said the horse wasn’t happy on the heavy ground and that it was his class and courage which enabled him to win as well as he did. We had other options, but after looking at the entries I was quite confident he would have a big chance if we could get him there.

“It cost 18,000 to supplement and Adolf Schneider, a Swiss businessman who keeps broodmares in Ireland, took a 25 per cent lease in him for the day.

“His owner Morgan Cahalan was there and so was his daughter Jessica who bought the horse as a foals at Goffs for 2,000. Everything went to plan and there was great excitement.

“It was a day we’ll never forget and, hopefully, there will be more to come.”

The four-year old son of Byron could be in line for another potential clash with Penitent, who finished second at Longchamp, if he travels to Hong Kong for his next outing.

Watch Gordon Lord Byron’s impressive Prix de la Foret win below:


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