Randwick bound: Irish galloper Gordon Lord Byron. Photo: Getty Images
Irish sprinter-miler Gordon Lord Byron will go to quarantine next month as he prepares for The Championships at Randwick in April.
Trainer Tom Hogan confirmed the dual group 1 winner would have a two-race Australian campaign, including the $1 million George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill on March 29 and, more than likely, the $2.5m TJ Smith at Randwick on April 13.
Gordon Lord Byron will arrive in Australia on March 2 and spend two weeks in quarantine at Werribee before being flown to Sydney to complete his preparation in the isolation centre at Canterbury.
“We are delighted to have a proven international performer coming from Europe,” The Championships chief executive Ian Mackay said.
“He will run in the Ryder and be nominated for the TJ Smith and the Doncaster Mile but Tom's preferred option is the TJ.”
Gordon Lord Byron will have an Australian galloping partner during his time at Canterbury. He joins Japanese raider Hana's Goal, which is targeting the Doncaster Mile, on the international roster.
After The Championships, the Irish raider may travel to Hong Kong, where he has run fourth in the past two International Miles, for the Champions Mile at Sha Tin on April 27.