Gordon Lord Byron In Good Order Ahead Of Sprint Bid

Irish trainer Tom Hogan says his George Ryder Stakes (Gr 1, 1500m) winner Gordon Lord Byron (Byron) is in good condition ahead of his trip east next week for the Hong Kong Sprint (Gr 1, 1200m).

Entries for the four Hong Kong International Races will be revealed before today’s evening meeting at Happy Valley and, following his victory in last month’s British Champions Sprint Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at Ascot, Hogan has elected to once again chance his hand over the shorter trip, having sent Gordon Lord Byron out in the Champions Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) at Sha Tin in May.

The six-year-old, who also boasts the Prix de la Foret (Gr 1, 1400m) and Haydock Sprint Cup (Gr 1, 6f) among his 11 career wins, worked on the all weather surface at Dundalk in Ireland last Friday and will return this week for a final piece of work before leaving for Hong Kong on 5 December.

“He did a piece of work there on Friday and we’ll probably send him back again this Friday and give him a bit of a blow to keep him right,” Hogan told ANZ Bloodstock News. “He’s very used to the gallops at home, it does him good to get away."

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Industry News

Victoria Premier Hopes To Expand Breeding Industry In State If Re-Elected

Dr Denis Napthine, the Premier of Victoria and Racing Minister, hopes to expand Victoria’s breeding industry if he is re-elected in Saturday’s Victorian State Election.

Speaking to RSN Racing Ahead’s Shane Anderson yesterday, Dr Napthine revealed his desire to grow the industry by 20 to 30 per cent over the next four years, something he claimed could create hundreds of new jobs.

“One of the things that I want to particularly target over the next four years is the breeding industries,” he said. “We need, through our VOBIS Gold, through VOBIS and Vicbred Platinum to grow our breeding industry.

“If we can grow our breeding industry by another 20 or 30 per cent, we’ll create hundreds of jobs in regional Victoria and really boost our opportunities.

“And when you see the races these days, regularly you see Victorian-bred horses continually winning and winning those VOBIS bonuses and those VOBIS Gold bonuses and there’s never been a better time to breed, buy or race a Victorian-bred horse and we want to encourage that to really boost our breeding industry over the next four years."

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Racing News

Light Autumn For Hucklebuck

The Emirates Stakes (registered as Cantala Stakes) (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Hucklebuck (Elvstroem) will be given a light autumn campaign, with a view to further big race targets at the 2015 spring carnival. Trainer Phillip Stokes said yesterday he hoped to give his charge a good break and suggested The Goodwood (Gr 1, 1200m) at Morphettville in May could be his sole target.

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