Logician will be one of the horses who lines up for the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster next weekend.
With the last Classic of the British season set for Saturday, the Great Voltigeur winner has been given the go-ahead to race. There were a few other alternatives taken into consideration for the undefeated Grey since he outran Constantinople at York in August. But he will be allowed back on the track in Doncaster with his entourage fully confident in his ability to triumph over all chasers.
Logician looked quite good as he galloped a mile along the Al Bahathri Polytrack on Wednesday morning with Robert Havlin seated atop, his output at York having no effect on the trial.
The son of Frankel is the favourite for the race at 5/4 with William Hill and trainer John Godsen will hope for a fifth 1m6½f win following victories with Shantou in 1996, Lucarno in 2007, Arctic Cosmis in 2010 and Masked Marvel in 2011. If you’re interested in some neat offers and other promotions then click here to get the top horse racing free bets. You could also find great enhanced offers and betting tips specific to horse racing but there’s plenty of information on various other events.
Bet465 has 3/1 odds on Sir Dragonet while Ladbrokes is offering 13/2 on Il Paradiso’s chances. Sir Ron Priestly is 13/2 with Betfair, Technician is 10/1 with Skybet and Buckhurst is 16/1 with Paddy Power. Logician will face Constantinople again and Black Type has 10/1 odds on a win this time around. You could also find 25/1 odds on Pink Dogwood from William Hill.
Teddy Grinthorpe, who serves as the racing manager to Logician’s owner Khalid Abdullah, has said that the Grey is in good shape and that St Leger is a great race for him to participate in.
“There were a couple of things to think about after York which is why we didn’t commit to the St Leger straight away, not least how the horse came out of York,” he said, per Racing Post.
“Logician seems in good shape and the Leger looks the right race for him. He shapes as if he’ll stay the trip so we’re hopeful. He worked nicely this morning and it’s all systems go for Doncaster.”
“I couldn’t be more pleased with him. He’s still a tender, young horse who had won a maiden, a novice and a handicap, so it was a big jump,” Godsen remarked after the Great Voltigeur win, prior to the horse being cleared for the St Leger. “He’s going the right way. We’ll see how he is in the next 10 days before we make any decision as to where he goes next.”
Well, he’s been given the green light and will be going into the race as the bookies’ favourite.
The Leger, though, has only been won by an Abdullah-owned horse once in the past – the Toulon 1991 – and he’s had some tough breaks in previous races. In 2011, Sea Moon placed third despite having no racing experience. He will hope that Logician can bring the gold back to his stable next weekend.