The unbeaten Logician spearheads 11 contenders to the weekend’s William Hill St Leger.
John Gosden’s Sky Bet Great Voltigeur winner would probably bid to give his coach a victory from the Classic on Town Moor on Saturday and he’s a hot favorite to do following a triumph in York’s Ebor meeting.
Gosden: »He has been in wonderful form since York. He’s a personality and he’s got a big loping stride. I thought (back in May) that this might be a Leger horse.
« He has come quite a distance in a brief moment. The nice, long directly in Doncaster should suit him.
« However, it won’t just be Aidan and our one horse, there are other horses in play and I’ve mentioned one which won in Goodwood (Sir Ron Priestly). It’s more depth to the area than folks are making out. »
There are 10 runners standing in his manner along with Aidan O’Brien – that has trained six Leger winners previously including the last two editions – is responsible for six of them.
Leading the Ballydoyle pack is like shooting his chance Investec Derby fourth Sir Dragonet, although Lonsdale Cup third Il Paradiso looks.
Sir Dragonet was defeated prior to returning to the track to finish Stakes.
O’Brien said: »We are very happy with him. He had a break following the Derby and then the plan was to visit the Curragh and maybe we would look at the Arc.
« But today Japan and Magical are there and things are changing all the time.
« The William Hill St Leger is a very important and prestigious race and also felt like there was a good chance that he would find that excursion.
« He was simply prepared to start at the Curragh and that also he got a bit tired he was entitled to perform as I was very attentive and gentle .
« It was the very first time he’d run on that trip. He’d been around a mile and a halfdozen. He is not short of class and he’s not short of speed so it will be interesting. »
Il Paradiso is to join at the last area. The three-year-old looked to be running a race in the Lonsdale Cup before Stradivarius and being run out of the finish by two stayers in Dee Ex Bee.
O’Brien said: »He stays very well and that’s the reason why we ran him in York. We believed that he was worth taking a shot and a race that was very respectable ran.
« It was a great run to get a three-year-old. He looks like a horse that will get the Gold Cup trip in time has lots of endurance.
« But I think he will be pleased enough dropping for this trip, he doesn’t mind being ridden ahead and we’ll ride him just as if we’re confident that he remains »
Barbados, Norway, South Pacific and Western Australia completes the O’Brien group.
Andrew Balding’s Royal Ascot enthusiast Dashing Willoughby will take his chance, whilst Middleham handler Mark Johnston includes two candidates at the stage in Nayef Road and Sir Ron Priestley.
When observed, the listing of runners is completed by the Martyn Meade-trained Technician , a winner of the Unibet Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury.
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