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Sunday 22 October 2017

Lord Byron to do Tom proud again

I'm looking forward to seeing the big Group One Haydock Sprint Cup tomorrow, with a couple of Irish horses set to be prominent figures in the race. Despite claiming plenty of headlines already this season, I think Sole Power may be overturned on this occasion.

There is no doubting the ability of Sole Power and the fantastic job that Eddie Lynam has done with him and how Richard Hughes and himself are a match made in heaven, but Tom Hogan has done an equally fantastic job with Gordon Lord Byron and I can see him win this race for a second time in as many years.

As we saw at York, Sole Power is a horse who needs to be covered up for as long as possible and it might be harder for him to get that cover at Haydock the way they can split up. He's probably just not as effective over six as he is over five furlongs.

Gordon Lord Byron had a good run at the Curragh recently and I spoke to Tom after that race and he said that he expected the horse to come on a lot for that run and it should leave him right for Haydock - he seems to tick a lot of boxes as he defends his crown.

Wayne Lordan takes over on Gordon Lord Byron and it would certainly be a nice twist for him after Slade Power missed out and he's a good rider and a good lad and, hopefully, it works our for him.

Gordon Lord Byron has come from very humble beginnings but has been beautifully handled by Tom Hogan, who has now travelled the world with the horse and he couldn't have ever dreamt that Byron could do this. Hopefully, he is not finished yet.

On Sunday, Sea The Moon will put his unbeaten record on the line when he lines up in the Grosser Preis von Baden which will be his prep race for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

He will have a new jockey on board with Cristian Demuro taking over from Christophe Soumillon, who is retained by the Aga Khan.

There had been a few murmurs that he hadn't been quite right and it was interesting to see his trainer, Markus Klug, admit last weekend for the first time that he had a small problem after the German Derby. However, Markus must be happy that he is over that if he is returning on Sunday and it is a race that the filly Danedream used prior to going to Longchamp, so it should give us a very good indication of how he is since the German Derby.

We are all looking forward to seeing him at Longchamp so, hopefully, it will be a clear passage.

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