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Ultimate Money Spinner Returned Over 1,000 Percent
From costing just €2,000 as a foal, ill-fated sprinter Gordon Lord Byron earned over €2.1 million in prize-money, more than 1,000 times his purchase price. It wasn't all fun, with the horse fracturing his pelvis when leaving the stalls on his debut at Roscommon. According to racingpost.com, he was forced to stand in his box packed with used car tires so he could not lie down in order to avoid stretching the fracture. After a year's recovery, Gordon Lord Byron went on to have 102 race starts, winning 16 times including three Gr1s. "He got five-star treatment every day of his life and he's had a great team behind him all the way," Hogan said. "He had physio at least once a week, got trips to the beach—you name it, he got it. He never went on a walker because he didn't like them. He was walked by hand every day and had to be exercised seven days a week. He hated time off. A lot of people got enjoyment from him. He enjoyed himself too. It's been an absolutely amazing journey."