Gordon Lord Byron: The bargain of a lifetime
Thoroughbred racing may be known as ‘the sport of kings’ but money and pedigree isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to creating success.
Bought for just €2,000, Gordon Lord Byron fractured his pelvis on his racecourse debut and then came last in his next race the following year. But incredibly this lionhearted horse went on to win more than £1.7m in prize money, winning 15 times from 71 starts; his first Group One victory coming memorably in the 2013 renewal of the Haydock Sprint Cup
‘Gordon’ as he’s known at home is still going strong today at nine-years-old, his latest win came in a Group Two at Curragh, Ireland in May of this year.
The 2013 Sprint Cup Victory
Having come incredibly close in the 2012 Sprint Cup losing out to Society Rock by just three-quarters of a length in his first Group One outing, Gordon Lord Byron was sent off as second favourite a year later and he didn’t disappoint.
Bursting to the front two furlongs out and runing on impressively to open up a big lead, he even had the time and space to ease down in the closing stages!
There’s a documentary based on Gordon called ‘Against The Odds’. It charts the story of a yearling who would not sell, but then rose through the sprinting ranks, conquered his rivals and changed the lives of everyone associated with him, a true fairytale story!
The 2017 Sprint Cup
One of the most exhilarating Flat races in the sporting calendar, the race goes at an electrifying pace with the winner of the coveted Sprint Cup being decided in just over a minute on the track.
There are a number of elite contenders for this year’s prize; the favourite is The July Cup winner Harry Angel, while second favourite Brando was most recently seen winning a Group 1 impressively in France.
Another notable mention goes to star performer The Tin Man who, although finsihing a disappointing eight in the July Cup, showed himself to be a top class sprinter when winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier this year.
The race kicks off at 2:25pm this Saturday and it will be shown live on ITV.
As well as a spectacular day of racing there will be the opportunity to meet the top jockeys before racing, and afterwards the entertainment doesn’t stop as Heart FM DJ Joel Ross will put on a 90 minute DJ set.