The unbeaten Logician spearheads 11 contenders for this weekend William Hill St Leger at Doncaster.
John Gosden’s Sky Bet Great Voltigeur winner would probably bid to provide his coach a fifth success from the oldest Vintage on Town Moor on Saturday and he’s a hot favourite to do so following a win at York’s Ebor meeting.
Gosden: »He has been in fantastic form since York. He is a personality that is really relaxed and he has a big long loping stride. I thought (back in May) this may be a Leger horse.
« He’s come quite a distance in a short time. The long directly at Doncaster should suit him well.
« However, it will not only be Aidan and our one horse, but you will find other horses in drama and I have mentioned one which won in Goodwood (Sir Ron Priestly). It has more detail to the field than individuals are making out »
There are 10 runners along with Aidan O’Brien – that has coached six Leger winners previously including the two variants – is responsible for six of them.
Leading the Ballydoyle pack is like shooting his chance at 25, Investec Derby Sir Dragonet, while Lonsdale Cup third Il Paradiso also looks.
Prior to returning to the trail to finish third in the Royal Whip Stakes at the 25, sir Dragonet was crushed.
O’Brien said: »We’re very satisfied with him. He had a rest following the Derby and then the plan was supposed to go to the Curragh and maybe we would look at the Arc.
« But now Japan and Magical are there and things are changing all of the time.
« The William Hill St Leger is a very important and respected race and also felt like there had been a good likelihood that he would get that trip.
« He was only prepared to begin at the Curragh and he got a bit tired he was competent to perform as I was very careful and gentle .
« It was also the first time he had run on that trip. He had always been around a mile and a half. He is not short of class and he’s not short of speed so it will be interesting. »
Il Paradiso is to join him at the last field after his promising jog behind Stradivarius. The three-year-old looked to be running a race at the Lonsdale Cup prior to being run out of the end by two stayers in Dee Ex Bee and Stradivarius.
O’Brien explained: »He remains really well and that is why we ran him at York. We thought he was really worth taking a chance and a respectable race ran.
« It was a good run to get a three-year-old. He seems like a horse which will find the Gold Cup excursion in time has plenty of endurance.
« But I think he’ll be pleased enough falling to this trip, he does not mind being ridden ahead and we will ride him as we’re sure he remains »
Barbados, Norway, South Pacific and Western Australia completes the O’Brien group.
Whilst Middleham handler Mark Johnston contains two candidates in the six-day stage in Nayef Road and Sir Ron Priestley, andrew Balding’s Royal Ascot hero Dashing Willoughby may take his opportunity.
When seen, the Martyn Meade-trained Technician completes the listing of runners at Newbury.
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