Horse Racing: Hogan’s hero is up for the Cup

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Gordon Lord Byron can go one place better than 2012 and claim the win in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Tom Hogan’s charge was just under a length behind Society Rock in the six-furlong Group One in 2012 and with some uncertainty over how the ground will ride Gordon Lord Byron may prove a wise bet as he has proved he is up to this level.

Winner of the seven-furlong Prix de la Foret last autumn, Gordon Lord Byron is thoroughly capable at any distance from five furlongs to a mile, with his most recent victory coming over that trip at Leopardstown last month.

He is still sharp enough for sprint trips though, as he showed when fourth in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and third in the Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

Lethal Force beat him on both those occasions but Gordon Lord Byron narrowed the gap on easy ground in France and with that rival appearing to save his best for a quick surface, the Irish raider could have things fall his way this time.

Richard Hannon has always held Montiridge in high regard and he can complete a Group Three double in the betfred.com Superior Mile.

Just edged out in the Jersey Stakes, Montiridge scored a nice confidence-booster at Listed level before impressing when beating the reopposing Tawhid at Glorious Goodwood.

Montiridge appears to be a progressive type and while he has to give weight to Tawhid this time, his Queen Elizabeth II Stakes entry suggests even more is expected in the coming weeks.

Platinum can complete his hat-trick Betfred “Goals Galore” Old Borough Cup.

A lively outsider for the Cesarewitch, Platinum has been revitalised by a move to Phil Kirby’s yard, winning at Catterick and Musselburgh on his two most recent outings. He has to contend with a 9lb rise this time but given he is still 2lb lower than his highest ever perch of 92, Kirby could still have something to work with.