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Gordon Lord Byron (far side): Back to winning ways
Gordon Lord Byron took full advantage of the absence of Darwin to win the Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Darwin would have been a warm order but was taken out following a change to ground conditions with rain at the Dublin venue.
Tom Hogan's Group One-winning stable star was dropping to Group Three company but was also having a rare run over a mile, although he was fourth in the Hong Kong Mile in December.
Ridden by Johnny Murtagh, as he was when third to Moonlight Cloud and Lethal Force in Deauville last time out, the 4-9 favourite appeared to need every yard of the trip as he had to work hard to get past long-time leader Ansgar for a neck success.
Hogan said: "I'm delighted he won. He ground it out. His best form has been on fast ground, and that was maybe not as good a form as he has shown in France. But I'm happy, it's a nice race to win. It's one of the old traditional Group races.
"Johnny gave him a good ride and it's nice to get his head in front again. He has lots of options, he will stay the mile - he proved that. He might go back for the Hong Kong Mile and the Breeders' Cup is an option."