Ballycorus Stakes next for Gordon Lord Byron

Hogan has Leopardstown in mind for veteran stable star

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Tom Hogan is eyeing the Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown as the next target for his stable stalwart Gordon Lord Byron.

It will be seven years in October since the popular veteran claimed the first of his three Group One victories, in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp. He went on to win the 2013 Sprint Cup at Haydock and the George Ryder Stakes in Australia.

Despite having failed to add to his tally of 16 career wins in 2018, he has returned to action as an 11-year-old this year – and proved he is no back number with a fine effort to finish third in Saturday’s Group Two Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.

Hogan said: “He’s in good form at the moment – and all being well, he’ll go to Leopardstown next for the Ballycorus Stakes on June 13.

“After that, we’ll probably take him to the Curragh on Derby day.”

Gordon Lord Byron has earned the right to special treatment, his trainer confirms.

“His every need is pandered to, and he has a great life,” added Hogan.

“He gets physio twice a week, and it would be a huge culture shock to him if we just retired him and put him out in a dirty field.

“When he tells me he doesn’t want to do it any more then we’ll call it a day. But he’s still really enjoying it – and the fact that he can still be competitive in a Group Two shows that.”

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