The unbeaten Logician spearheads 11 contenders to the weekend William Hill St Leger.
John Gosden’s Sky Bet Great Voltigeur winner will bid to give his trainer a victory from the Classic on Town Moor on Saturday and he’s a hot favourite to do so after a win at York’s Ebor meeting.
Gosden: »He has been in good form since York. He is a personality that is very relaxed and he’s got a big long loping stride. I thought then (back in May) that this might be a Leger horse.
« He has come quite a distance in a limited while. The pleasant, long directly at Doncaster needs to suit him.
« However, it won’t only be Aidan and also our lone horse, there are other horses in play and I have mentioned one which won in Goodwood (Sir Ron Priestly). It’s more detail to the area than folks are making out »
There are 10 potential runners and Aidan O’Brien – who has coached six Leger winners previously including the two editions – is accountable for six of them.
Leading the Ballydoyle pack is like shooting his chance at Doncaster Investec Derby Sir Dragonet, although Lonsdale Cup third Il Paradiso looks.
Before returning to the course to finish third at the Royal Whip Stakes sir Dragonet was crushed.
O’Brien stated: »We’re very satisfied with him. He had a break following the Derby and the plan was supposed to go to the Curragh and we would have a look at the Arc.
« But today Japan and Magical are there and things are changing all of the time.
« The William Hill St Leger is a very important and honored race and we felt as though there had been a good possibility that he would find that excursion.
« He was only prepared to start in the Curragh and he got a bit tired that he was competent to do as I was being very cautious and gentle with him.
« It was the first time he’d run on that excursion. He had always been over a mile and a halfdozen. He’s not short of course and he’s not short of speed so it will be interesting. »
Il Paradiso would be to join him in the field following his promising jog behind Stradivarius. The three-year-old looked to be running a major race at the Lonsdale Cup before being run out of the finish by two stayers at Dee Ex Bee and Stradivarius.
O’Brien said: »He remains well and that is the reason why we conducted him in York. We thought that he was worth taking a shot and he ran a race.
« It was a great run to get a three-year-old. He seems like a horse which will find the Gold Cup excursion in time has plenty of stamina.
« But I think he’ll be happy enough dropping to this excursion, he does not mind being ridden forward and we’ll ride him just as if we are certain he stays. »
The O’Brien group is performed by Barbados, Norway, South Pacific and Western Australia.
While Middleham handler Mark Johnston includes two candidates in the six-day stage in Sir Ron Priestley and Nayef Road andrew Balding’s Royal Ascot hero Dashing Willoughby will take his opportunity.
When observed, the Martyn Meade-trained Technician completes the listing of runners at Newbury.
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