John Gosden admits Logician faces a step into unknown territory as he bids to offer him with a fifth victory within the William Hill St Leger.
It’s 23 years for the reason that grasp of Clarehaven first landed the world’s oldest Basic with Shantou. He has since added to his tally with three wins in 5 years courtesy of Lucarno (2007), Arctic Cosmos (2010) Masked Marvel (2011).
The Khalid Abdullah-owned Logician made his racecourse debut solely in May, however created a giant impression in profitable his first three begins – with a pair of emphatic wins at Newbury sandwiching a equally dominant show at Newmarket.
The son of Frankel graduated to Group Two class with a facile success within the the Nice Voltigeur at York final month and can line up at Doncaster on Saturday as a red-hot favorite within the palms of five-time Leger-winning jockey Frankie Dettori.
“He has been in great form since York. He is very much a work in progress and didn’t start racing until late in life,” mentioned Gosden.
“I thought again in May he may be a Leger horse. He gained a maiden down at Newbury, then a novice over a mile and 1 / 4 on the July course after which a 0-90 handicap again at Newbury, when it was the primary time Frankie rode him. He has come a good distance in a short while.
“He stepped up once more within the Nice Voltigeur, and we have been very pleased with him.
“He’s fine on top of the ground, there’s no doubt he’s a better horse on good, easy side of good, but that might go for a few others.”
Gosden believes the choice to not run Logician as a two-year-old and as an alternative give him time to mature has been key in his improvement.
He mentioned: “He got here to us fairly late, and I suppose giving him that point has benefited him.
“He’s a pleasant horse to be round. He’s a really relaxed character and has a beautiful, lengthy loping stride.
“I think the nice, long straight at Doncaster should suit him well.”
The 2 apparent questions hanging over Logician heading into the City Moor showpiece are whether or not his stamina will final out over the one-mile-six-furlong distance, and whether or not his lack of big-race expertise may show his undoing.
Assessing each features, Gosden added: “We have been fortunate to win the Leger 4 instances, and people horses have been extra seasoned than him. It’s a correct check of a thoroughbred over that journey – the one-mile-six is one thing, and the final 185 yards may very well be fairly telling.
“You at all times know you going into uncharted territories with a younger horse like him. It isn’t like he has gained a trial over a mile and three-quarters.
“He gives me the signs, as he is very relaxed, that he will stay well.”
As at all times, Gosden is respectful of the opposition – giving particular point out to the Mark Johnston-trained Sir Ron Priestley, who claimed his fifth win from six begins this season in final month’s March Stakes at Goodwood.
He mentioned: “I suppose it’s a strong renewal. You have got a horse in there that gained the March Stakes and stayed on effectively. That was a race I watched rigorously, as a result of we have been second in it (with Promissory).
“It can in all probability be an end-to-end gallop, and that isn’t a nasty factor because it thins the sector out.
“You will get bother in operating, and I keep in mind a few horses which have been unfortunate to not win there. I will depart all that to Frankie and the horse – they do not want any directions.
“Once you see the horses which can be nonetheless rolling between the two-furlong marker and the one, that may inform us what sort of high quality Leger it’s.”
Dragon to fireplace
Sir Dragonet and Il Paradiso give Aidan O’Brien a robust hand.
The Ballydoyle handler claimed his sixth victory within the City Moor showpiece with Kew Gardens 12 months in the past – including to his earlier triumphs with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003), Scorpion (2005), Main Mild (2013) and Capri (2017).
Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet has already had one tilt at Basic glory this season, ending a close-up fifth when favorite for the Investec Derby at Epsom in early June.
He was crushed at odds-on on his return from a midsummer break within the Royal Whip Stakes on the Curragh final month, however O’Brien believes his cost will strip a lot fitter on Saturday – and is assured the step as much as a mile and three-quarters won’t be a problem.
Assessing the principle market rival to the John Gosden-trained Logician, O’Brien mentioned: “Sir Dragonet is a horse that has loads of class.
“He was simply prepared to start out again on the Curragh. He received a bit of bit drained, which he was entitled to do. I was being very cautious and mild with him.
“He has by no means run something lower than a mile and a half, aside from the final day over a mile and 1 / 4. We began him at a mile and a half and we predict there’s a good likelihood he’ll get the journey.
“I do not suppose he’s floor dependent. He solely ran on smooth floor earlier than Epsom, and that was good floor, and he got here out of that good.
“There isn’t a doubt his greatest run was his Epsom run.”
Sir Dragonet’s stablemate Il Paradiso has already proved his stamina, having produced a career-best efficiency when third behind star older stayer Stradivarius within the Lonsdale Cup over two miles at York final month.
“He stays very effectively and appears like a horse that may get a Gold Cup journey – he seems to be like he’ll get two and a half miles,” O’Brien added.
“I suppose he will probably be completely happy sufficient. He would not thoughts being ridden ahead. You’ll be using him like you’re positive that he’ll keep and the opposite (Sir Dragonet) you’ll be taking your time with a bit of, I’d think about.”
O’Brien additionally saddles rank outsider Western Australia.
Sir Ron Priestley has gained 5 of his six begins this season – his solely blip coming at Royal Ascot. Mark Johnston’s cost is unbeaten in three subsequent appearances and steps as much as Group One stage for the primary time.
Johnston, who has a second string to his bow in Nayef Street, mentioned: “He (Sir Ron Priestley) has received lots to search out, and it must be a career-best, however he deserves to be there.
“He has achieved practically all the pieces proper within the decrease grades, aside from Royal Ascot. Now he has received to step as much as the large one.
“I by no means underestimate the Leger, as a result of I’ve run some prime horses in it they usually have been crushed. We all know he will get the journey, so we’ve no doubts about him there.
“Most of them in there will be getting the trip – they are class horses, so they should do. He stays the trip very well and is a genuine horse.”
Martyn Meade’s Geoffrey Freer winner Technician and Dashing Willoughby, from Andrew Balding’s yard, full the eight-strong subject.
Balding mentioned of his Royal Ascot winner: “He has run effectively at Newmarket on Goodwood on quick floor so he would not should have it smooth.
“He is run to a good stage all 12 months and been actually constant, so I’d hope he’d run effectively.”