The unbeaten Logician spearheads 11 contenders to this weekend William Hill St Leger at Doncaster.
John Gosden’s Sky Bet Great Voltigeur winner will bid to give his coach a fifth success in the Vintage on Town Moor on Saturday and he is a hot favorite to do this following a win in York’s Ebor meeting.
Gosden:”He has been in good form since York. He’s a personality that is relaxed and he has a large loping stride. I thought then (back in May) this might be a Leger horse.
“He has come quite a distance in a short while. The nice, long straight in Doncaster should suit him.
“However, it won’t just be Aidan and our lone horse, you will find different horses in play and I’ve mentioned one that won in Goodwood (Sir Ron Priestly). It has more depth to the field than folks are making out”
There are 10 potential runners and Aidan O’Brien – who has coached six Leger winners previously including the two variants – is responsible for six of these.
Leading the Ballydoyle package is like shooting his chance in 25, Investec Derby fourth Sir Dragonet, although Lonsdale Cup third Il Paradiso also looks.
Sir Dragonet was crushed below a span at Epsom prior to returning to the trail to finish Stakes.
O’Brien stated:”We’re very happy with him. He had a rest after the Derby and then the plan was supposed to go to the Curragh and perhaps we would have a look at the Arc.
“But today Japan and Magical are there and things are changing all the time.
“The William Hill St Leger is an essential and honored race and we felt as though there was a good probability he would find that trip.
“He was just prepared to start at the Curragh and also he got a little bit tired that he had been competent to do as I was being very cautious and gentle .
“It was also the first time he had run over that trip. He had always been around a mile and a half. He’s not short of course and he is not short of speed so it’ll be interesting.”
Il Paradiso would be to join in the field following his run behind Stradivarius. The three-year-old appeared to be running a big race in the Lonsdale Cup before being run out of the finish by two leading stayers at Dee Ex Bee and Stradivarius.
O’Brien explained:”He remains well and that’s the reason why we ran him at York. We believed he was really worth taking a chance and a very decent race ran.
“It was a fantastic run for a three-year-old. He looks like a horse which will get the Gold Cup excursion in time has plenty of stamina.
“However, I think he will be glad enough dropping for this trip, he doesn’t mind being ridden ahead and we’ll ride him just like we are sure that he remains”
The O’Brien group is finished Western Australia, Norway, South Pacific and by Barbados.
Whilst Middleham handler Mark Johnston has two candidates in the six-day point in Sir Ron Priestley and Nayef Road andrew Balding’s Royal Ascot hero Dashing Willoughby may take his chance.
The list of runners is finished by the Martyn Meade-trained Technicianand also a tenacious winner of the Unibet Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury when seen.
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