Byron earmarked for Ascot Sprint

Gordon Lord Byron will head for the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week after another fine effort at Longchamp on Sunday.

Tom Hogan’s stable star finished runner-up for a second consecutive season in the Prix de la Foret, a race he also won in 2012 but was on this occasion two lengths in arrears of Olympic Glory.

Gordon Lord Byron ran in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile on Champions Day last year, but this time the six-year-old will remain over six furlongs.

“He’s 100 per cent and likely to go to Ascot for the Champions Sprint,” said Hogan. “He’s so versatile and runs his race over six (furlongs), seven or a mile.”

* Bookmaker Boylesports has signed a two-year sponsorship deal with RTE valued at more then €1m.

Boylesports already sponsors top Irish racing events, including the Irish Grand National and the Irish Greyhound Derby.

RTÉ Television broadcasts 24 days of live Irish racing coverage each year featuring the great racing days from all the major festivals, as well as the biggest races of the year: the Irish Grand National, Hennessy Gold Cup, Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish Derby. In addition RTÉ Sport covers the Aintree Grand National and the Cheltenham Festival.

The two-year deal will see Boylesports feature prominently in all RTÉ racing coverage on TV, radio and online.

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