Going fast is good

Logician goes into the unknown

John Gosden admits as he wants to provide a success in the William Hill St Leger to him Logician confronts a step.
It’s 23 years since the master of Clarehaven landed the world’s oldest Vintage . He has added to his tally with three wins in five decades courtesy of Lucarno (2007), Arctic Cosmos (2010) Masked Marvel (2011).
At winning his first 3 starts the Khalid Abdullah-owned Logician produced his debut but made a major belief – with a set of wins at Newbury sandwiching a similarly dominant screen at Newmarket.
Frankel’s son graduated with a victory in the the Great Voltigeur in York to Group Two course and will line up in Doncaster on Saturday as a red-hot favorite in the hands of five-time Leger-winning jockey Frankie Dettori.
“He has been in amazing form since York. He’s very much a work in progress and didn’t begin racing until late in life,” said Gosden.
“I believed back May he might be a Leger horse. He won a maiden down at Newbury, a rookie over a mile and a quarter at the July course after which a 0-90 handicap back in Newbury, when it had been the very first time. He’s come a long way in a brief time.
“He awakened again at the Great Voltigeur, and we’re very pleased with him.
“He is fine in addition to the ground, there is no doubt he is a better horse good, simple side of good, but that might opt for a few others.”
Gosden believes the decision give him time to grow has been crucial and not to run Logician as a two-year-old.
He said:”He came to us pretty late, and I think giving him this time has benefited him.
“He is a great horse to be about. He has a beautiful loping stride and is a personality that is very relaxed.
“I believe the nice, long straight at Doncaster must suit him well.”
Both obvious questions hanging heading into the Town Moor showpiece are if his stamina will last out within the distance, and whether his lack of experience that is big-race might prove his undoing.
Assessing both aspects, Gosden included:”We’ve been lucky to win the Leger four occasions, and these horses were more seasoned than him. It is a suitable evaluation of a thoroughbred during that trip – that the one-mile-six is something, and also the previous 185 yards might be telling.
“You always understand you moving into uncharted lands with a young horse just like him. It isn’t like he has obtained a trial.
“He offers me the hints, as he’s very relaxed, that he will stay well.”
As always, Gosden is aware of their resistance – giving special reference who claimed his fourth win in six starts this year in last month’s March Stakes at Goodwood.
He explained:”I think it is a good renewal. You own a horse on the market who stayed also and acquired the March Stakes. That was a race I saw carefully, because we had been second in it (together with Promissory).
“It will likely be an end-to-end gallop, and that is not a bad thing as it thins the field out.
“You’ll get trouble in running, and I remember a few horses which have been unlucky not to win there. I will leave all that to Frankie and the horse – that they do not need some instructions.
“When you see the horses which are still rolling between the two-furlong marker and the one, that will inform us exactly what sort of quality Leger it is.”
Dragon to fire
Il Paradiso and sir Dragonet provide Aidan O’Brien a hand that is solid.
The Ballydoyle handler claimed his sixth victory from the Town Moor showpiece with Kew Gardens 12 months ago – adding to his past triumphs together with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003), Scorpion (2005), Major Lighting (2013) and Capri (2017).
When preferred in June, chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet has had this season tilts Classic glory, finishing a close-up fifth.
He was beaten in odds-on on his return from a midsummer fracture at the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh last month, however, O’Brien considers his charge will strip much healthier on Saturday – and can be convinced the measure up to a mile and also three-quarters won’t be an problem.
Assessing the principal market rival to the John Gosden-trained Logician, O’Brien said:”Sir Dragonet is a horse which has plenty of course.
“He was only ready to return at the Curragh. He received a bit tired, which he was entitled to perform. I was being gentle and careful with him.
“He’s never run anything under a mile and a half, apart from the previous day above a mile and a quarter. He was started by us in a time and a half and we all think there’s a chance he will get the trip.
“I do not believe he’s ground reliant. He just ran before Epsom on ground, which has been good ground, and he also came out of the perfect.
“There isn’t any doubt that his best run was that his Epsom run”
Sir Dragonet’s stablemate Il Paradiso has already proved his stamina, when next behind star older stayer Stradivarius in the Lonsdale Cup more than two miles last month having generated a functionality.
“He remains well and looks like a horse which will find a Gold Cup excursion – he seems like he’ll have two and a half kilometers,” O’Brien added.
“I believe he is going to be happy enough. He does not mind being spat ahead. You’d be riding him as you are sure that he will stay and another (Sir Dragonet) you’ll be taking your time using a bit, I would imagine.”
O’Brien also saddles rank outsider Western Australia.
Sir Ron Priestley has five of his six starts this year – his blip. Mark Johnston’s fee is unbeaten in three subsequent looks and measures up to Group One level for the very first time.
Johnston, with a second string to his bow in Nayef Road, said:”He (Sir Ron Priestley) has got a lot to find, and it might have to become a career-best, however, he deserves to be there.
“He has done nearly everything right from the lower doses, with the exception of Royal Ascot. He has got to step up to the huge one.
“I never underestimate the Leger, because I have run some top horses in it and they’ve been beaten. We know he gets the excursion, so we haven’t any doubts about him there.
“Most of them in there will be receiving the trip they are course horses, which that they need to do. He remains the trip quite well and is a genuine horse.”
Martyn Meade’s Geoffrey Freer winner Tech and Dashing Willoughby, from Andrew Balding’s lawn, complete the eight-strong area.
Balding said of the Royal Ascot winner:”He’s run nicely at Newmarket on Goodwood on fast ground so he doesn’t have to get it tender.
“He has run to a fair level annually and been very consistent, so I would hope he would run well.”

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