Logician goes into the unknown

John Gosden admits as he wants to provide him with a fifth victory at the William Hill St 26, Logician faces a step into unknown territory.
It is 23 years since the master of Clarehaven first landed the world’s oldest Vintage . He has since added to his tally with three wins in five decades courtesy of Lucarno (2007), Arctic Cosmos (2010) Masked Marvel (2011).
The Khalid Abdullah-owned Logician made his racecourse debut but created a large impression in winning his first three starts – with a set of solid wins at Newbury sandwiching a prominent display at Newmarket.
The son of Frankel graduated having a victory in the the Great Voltigeur at York to Group Two class a month also will line up in Doncaster on Saturday as a red-hot favourite in the hands of jockey Frankie Dettori.
“He has been in amazing form since York. He is very much a work in advance and didn’t begin racing until late in life,” said Gosden.
“I believed back in May he might be a Leger horse. He even won a maiden down in Newbury, and also a novice above a mile and a quarter in the July route and a 0-90 handicap back at Newbury, as it was the first time Frankie rode him. He has come a long way in a short while.
“He awakened again in the Great Voltigeur, and we’re really happy with him.
“He’s fine in addition to the floor, there is no doubt he is a better horse good, easy side of great, but might go for a couple others.”
Gosden believes the decision give him a enough time to grow has been key and to not operate Logician as a two-year-old.
He said:”He came to us quite late, and that I think giving him this time has profited him.
“He is a great horse to be about. He contains a lovely loping stride and is a personality.
“I feel that the nice, long right at Doncaster must suit him nicely.”
Both clear questions hanging heading into the Town Moor showpiece are whether his stamina will continue out within the one-mile-six-furlong distance, and if his lack of encounter that is big-race could prove his undoing.
Assessing both facets, Gosden added:”We’ve been blessed to win the Leger four times, and those horses were seasoned than him. It is a test of a thoroughbred on that trip – the one-mile-six is something, and the 185 yards might be telling.
“You always understand you moving into uncharted lands with a young horse like him. It isn’t like he has obtained a trial over a mile and three-quarters.
“He offers me the indications, as he’s really relaxed, he will stay ”
As always, Gosden is aware of the opposition – giving special mention who maintained his fourth win in six starts this season in last month’s March Stakes at Goodwood.
He explained:”I think it is a good renewal. You own a horse on the market that remained on well and won the March Stakes. That has been a race I watched attentively, because we were second inside (together with Promissory).
“It will probably be an end-to-end gallop, which is not a bad thing because it thins out the field.
“You can get difficulty in conducting, and I recall a couple of horses which have been unfortunate not to win there. I shall leave all that – they don’t require any directions.
“When you find the horses which are still rolling between the two-furlong mark and also the one, that will inform us what sort of caliber Leger it is.”
Dragon to flame
Il Paradiso and sir Dragonet give a hand that is solid to Aidan O’Brien.
The Ballydoyle handler claimed his sixth victory in the Town Moor showpiece using Kew Gardens 12 months back – including to his previous triumphs with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003), Scorpion (2005), Major Lighting (2013) and Capri (2017).
Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet has had this year tilts at Classic glory when favourite in early June for the Investec Derby at Epsom.
He was defeated at odds-on on his return from a midsummer fracture at the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh last month, however, O’Brien believes his charge will likely strip much more powerful on Saturday – and is convinced the measure up to a mile plus three-quarters won’t be an issue.
Assessing the main market equal to the John Gosden-trained Logician, O’Brien said:”Sir Dragonet is a horse that has lots of course.
“He was only ready to start back in the Curragh. He got a little bit tired, which he was entitled to perform. I was being gentle and really careful .
“He has never run anything less than a mile and a half an hour, apart from the last day above a mile and a quarter. We started him at a time and a half and that we all think there’s a good chance he’ll find the excursion.
“I really don’t think he’s earth dependent. That has been floor, and he ran before Epsom on tender ground, and he came out of the ideal.
“There is no doubt that his best run was that his Epsom run”
Sir Dragonet Il Paradiso has proved his endurance, having generated a performance when behind star older stayer Stradivarius in the Lonsdale Cup last month over two kilometers.
“He stays very well and seems like a horse that will get a Gold Cup trip – he seems like he will get two and a half miles,” O’Brien added.
“I believe he will be happy enough. He does not mind being staged ahead. You would be riding him as you are certain he will remain and another (Sir Dragonet) you’ll be taking time with a little, I’d imagine.”
Outsider Western Australia is also saddled by o’Brien.
Sir Ron Priestley has won five of his six starts this season – his blip coming in Royal Ascot. Mark Johnston’s charge is unbeaten in 3 looks and measures up to Group One level for the very first time.
Johnston, with a second string to his bow Nayef Road, said:”He’s (Sir Ron Priestley) has a lot to find, and it would need to become a career-best, but he wants to be present.
“He has done nearly everything right from the lower grades, with the exception of Royal Ascot. He has got to measure up to the significant one.
“I never underestimate the Leger, because I have run some top horses inside and they have been beaten. We understand he gets the excursion, therefore we haven’t any doubts about him there.
“Most of these in there’ll be receiving the trip – they are class horses, so that they should do. He stays the trip very well and is a real horse”
Martyn Meade’s Geoffrey Freer winner Tech and Dashing Willoughby, from Andrew Balding’s lawn, finish the eight-strong field.
Balding said of his Royal Ascot winner:”He has run well at Newmarket on Goodwood on quick ground so he does not have to have it soft.
“He has run to a fair level all year and been really consistent, so I’d hope he would run well.”

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