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  • 15:50 Betfred Sprint Cup 6f

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 1) £250,000 added 3yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £141,775 2nd £53,750 3rd £26,900 4th £13,400
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places in the back straight)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 12.25s
  • Off time: 15:53:09

Gordon Lord Byron runaway winner of Betfred Sprint Cup

Last Updated: 07/09/13 4:28pm

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Gordon Lord Byron streaks clear to score at Haydock

Gordon Lord Byron streaks clear to score at Haydock

Gordon Lord Byron simply outclassed his rivals to take the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park under Johnny Murtagh.

With favourite Lethal Force failing to fire from an early stage and Garswood blowing his chances with a tardy break from the stalls, it was left to Heeraat to cut out the early gallop in the six-furlong Group One.

But Murtagh's mount was always travelling very smoothly in the leader's slipstream against the far rail, and when he asked him to quicken up the response was immediate.

Sent off a 7/2 chance, Gordon Lord Byron was clear at the furlong-pole and never looked like being caught, Sole Power (9/1) eventually coming out of the pack for second three lengths adrift of the winner with Hoof It (33/1) returning to some form in third.

Murtagh said: "He was different today. I don't know if it was the ground, but when I got to the three marker I was taking him back.

"I let him coast down to the two and when I gave him a couple of cracks, unlike the last time I rode him when he was hard work, today he was just electric and he picked up really well and won easy.

"He ran very well in France (Prix Maurice de Gheest). He's very tough and was staying on really well on ground that was probably quicker than ideal.

"Today he was different. He looked different. The girl who rides him out said he was in a different zone."

Hogan admitted that he'd had high hopes for his runner before the off.

He said: "I knew that he had improved at this time of year every year. I knew last week he was well.

"I felt today was his day and hopefully he will keep on improving this year.

"I think we will go for the Prix de la Foret [which he won last year] and then we might look at the QEII and go for a Group One over a mile for a change.

"He went to Hong Kong last year over a mile and that would be another option to go back if we get invited."

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