Gustavus Weston springs surprise in Phoenix Sprint

Popular veteran Gordon Lord Byron finishes third in Curragh Group Three

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Gustavus Weston came out on top in a thrilling climax to the Qatar Racing And Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh.

A field of nine sprinters went to post for the six-furlong Group Three, with the Gordon Elliott-trained Beckford a warm order as the 15-8 favourite.

However, the market leader was unable to make a major impact as the Joe Murphy-trained Gustavus Weston caused a 16-1 upset in the hands of Gary Carroll – sticking to his guns to repel the challenge of Woody Creek by a neck.

Murphy said: “We always thought he was a good horse and he learned more running in the big handicap (Tote Scurry) last time, which crowned him for this race. He’s getting more professional and I think he’s a horse that will progress.

“I was afraid of the ground, but I’m glad now that he handled it and his options are bigger. I’m not sure where he will go now, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t get a bit further.”

Tom Hogan’s admirable veteran Gordon Lord Byron – making the 101st appearance of his illustrious career – again emerged with plenty to finish third, a further two and a half lengths away.

Gustavus Weston springs surprise in Phoenix Sprint
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