Dragon on fire in Hong Kong Mile, Byron fourth

Updated: Sunday, 09 Dec 2012 11:11

Tom Hogan's Gordon Lord Byron finished a highly-creditably fourth behind Ambitious Dragon in the Longines Hong Kong Mile.

Tackling eight furlongs for the first time since 2011, the Prix de la Foret winner travelled strongly in fourth in the the early stages at Don Bosco ensured a decent pace.

Turning for home, William Buick pulled Gordon Lord Byron wide to challenge and he looked a possible winner over a furlong out.

However, local star Ambitious Dragon swooped down the middle of the track, easily passing Gordon Lord Byron who began to toil in the last few yards.

Glorious Days claimed second with Packing OK just ahead of Gordon Lord Byron in third.

Winning jockey Zac Purton said: "I travelled like a winner the whole way, but I did last time (when second to Glorious Days), so I wasn't going to start counting my chickens until I got to the line."

Ambitious Dragon only got the go-ahead to run on raceday morning after being reported to be slightly lame on Saturday.

Haggas' Master Of The Hounds finished well down the field, as did Francois Doumen's Siyouma, who was forced to race wide early on.