10/07/2012 3:56PM

Longchamp: Prix de la Foret winner Gordon Lord Byron likely headed to Hong Kong


Gordon Lord Byron continued his rise through the European sprint division with a career-best performance in Sunday’s Group 1 Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs at Longchamp Racecourse.

Ridden by William Buick, Gordon Lord Byron stalked the pace for the first half-mile, took the lead with a furlong remaining and won by 1 1/2 lengths over 10-1 Pentinent. The 24-1 shot Kendam finished third in the field of 11. Mashoora, the 5-2 favorite, finished fifth.

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The Prix de la Foret was part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees paid berth to the winner for the BC Mile at Anita Anita on Nov. 3, if nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program.

After the Prix de la Foret, trainer Tom Hogan said that Gordon Lord Byron would be considered for the Hong Kong Mile in December.

Gordon Lord Byron, a 4-year-old gelding by Byron, has won 6 of 22 starts. He has won four races this year, but the Prix de la Foret was his first at the Grade 1 level.

In the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye over a straightaway five furlongs, 8-1 Wizz Kid rallied in the final strides to catch Mayson, the 2-1 favorite. Hamish McGonagall, a 23-1 shot, finished third in the field of 18.

Wizz Kid, ridden by Gerald Mosse, was at the back of the field early, but closed quickly to be third with a furlong remaining. Trained by Robert Collet, Wizz Kid, a 4-year-old filly by Whipper, was the only French-trained runner in the field.

A winner of 4 of 14 starts, she won a Group 2 stakes at Chantilly in June, but had lost three Group 1 races before her victory in the Prix de l’Abbaye. Wizz Kid could make a quick turnaround for the British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot on Oct. 20.