Gordon Lord Byron primed for Cup defence
Last Updated: 26/08/14 4:09pm
Gordon Lord Byron wins last year's Sprint Cup
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."