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Byron has targets overseas

Tom Hogan is confident there are plenty more big days in Gordon Lord Byron.

His stable star signed off a memorable campaign in Hong Kong last weekend.

The five-year-old secured the second Group One prize of his career in the Sprint Cup at Haydock in early September and also ran well in defeat in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and the Prix Maurice de Gheest and the Prix de la Foret in France.

He again performed creditably when fourth in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday and Hogan sees no reason why the gelding will not enjoy a similarly successful year in 2014.

Hogan said: "He ran a very good race and just got stuck in trouble a couple of times, but for which he would have been a bit closer.

"It was great to grab some of the prize money, he loves that fast ground and got the mile well, so we're happy.

"He'll put his feet up for a while now and we have a few possibilities for him in the spring. He seems to travel well, so we can look at a few pots for him abroad.

"He doesn't go on the Tapeta, so I don't think there is anything suitable for him in Dubai. He has been invited to go to Australia, so we'll see about that.

"The main thing is he's come out of the race in Hong Kong well and there is no reason why he should not be as good as ever next year, as he's a late maturing horse."