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Lord Byron heads Down Under

Irish trainer Tom Hogan says Gordon Lord Byron is "ready to race" after he completed his preparations before flying out to Australia.

The two-times Group One winner is due to face some of the sharpest thoroughbreds in the southern hemisphere when he takes part in the inaugural running of 'The Championships' at Sydney racecourse Royal Randwick in April.

County Tipperary-based Hogan was satisfied with the six-year-old gelding's final fast-work gallop in Newmarket ahead of his flight from Heathrow to Melbourne.

"He's in great form and looks really well," Hogan told www.racingandsports.com.au.

"The horse is probably two sharp bits of work away from being spot on.

"He's ready to travel and ready to race and we'd love to be down there to compete with those good Aussie horses and see how we get on."

Gordon Lord Byron is due to enter quarantine at Werribee on Saturday before arriving in Sydney on March 22.

His initial target is the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on March 29, after which he is expected to run in the Group One Darley TJ Smith Stakes on the first day of The Championships on April 12.

Brilliant winner of the Sprint Cup at Haydock last season, he was last seen finishing fourth in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin in December.