Byron to take up Challenge
The Dubai Challenge Stakes at Newmarket is next for Gordon Lord Byron following his tremendous effort in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Tom Hogan's four-year-old impressed in a seven-furlong Listed event at York on his penultimate start and ran superbly when stepped up to Group One level on Merseyside, finding only Society Rock three-quarters of a length too strong.
He is now likely to head to Headquarters on October 13 for a Group Two assignment.
Hogan said: "We are looking at the Challenge Stakes for Gordon Lord Byron and he is in great order at home.
"I was expecting a very good run at Haydock and he is improving all the time but we were possibly a bit unlucky because there was no pace on our side of the draw at Haydock.
"I was concerned about fast ground going into the race - I knew he wanted good ground, as he showed at York. But I wasn't sure about really fast ground. As it turned out, the ground at Haydock was absolutely perfect and although it was fast, there wasn't any jar in it.
"I won't run him on heavy ground again because he got beat on that sort of ground by Fire Lily at the Curragh.
"I don't think the step back up to seven furlongs at Newmarket will bother him and if the ground is good or better, we are likely to be there."
The 38 entries revealed today include a contingent of six from Aidan O'Brien's yard headed by multiple Group One winner Starspangledbanner.
Sir Henry Cecil's Group One Matron Stakes scorer Chachamaidee and Group Two winners Libranno and Lethal Force are others in the mix.