Minor issue sees Gordon Lord Byron sidestep planned Meydan return

Wed 4 Jan 2017

Gordon Lord Byron has been ruled out of Thursday's Longines Dolce Vita (Handicap) at Meydan after meeting with a minor setback.

The triple Group One winner was set to make his first start at the track since March 2013 in the seven-furlong heat, but trainer Tom Hogan is now hoping to have him back in action next week .

Hogan said: "Gordon Lord Byron was due to run on Thursday night but had a little hiccup after travelling out here. He will probably wait until next Thursday now."

Although the nine-year-old failed to feature in his final few starts in 2016, the Fattheen handler believes a return to a faster surface will see him in a much better light.

Hogan added: "Things didn't go right in his last couple of runs. He got good ground at the Curragh and he ran really well (won Group Two Minstrel Stakes last July) .

"He needs good fast ground now. He has not got the legs to pull it out on slow or dead ground. It is a great surface out here and he should love it.

"There are plenty of nice horses out here, but hopefully we can be competitive."

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