Logician Now Favourite to Win St Leger 2019


John Gosden is the crack trainer responsible for the horse’s excellent unbeaten run, something that continued in the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur when he brushed aside Constantinople to win the race and cement his claims to become a Classic winner next month.

Logician is a talented three-year-old who was first seen at a racecourse on 17 May when he made a maiden appearance at Newbury, although he was able to beat eighteen other horses in the Maiden Stakes to announce himself on a Flat horse racing stage.

The fact that he was the 3/1 favourite for that race illustrated that the horse already had a reputation and this was cemented when scoring another victory in the EBF Novices Stakes at Newmarket over one mile and two furlongs.

There was another facile win at Newbury before Logician came to the Ebor Meeting although his performance in the Great Voltigeur suggests that the horse is the one to beat in the 2019 St Leger, with Frankie Dettori on board for his latest success and having no trouble when finding the winning line.

Going off as the 10/11 favourite, the runner never looked in trouble and was given a comfortable ride by his Italian jockey, with this being the first time that the horse had stepped out of handicap company.

While there had been some doubts over whether Logician could truly make the step up, he coped with the brisk early pace set by Norway, although the favourite was shaken up halfway through the race and there looked only one winner.

This was the second success in three years in this race for the pairing of Gosden and Dettori, with the duo having previously scored with Cracksman two years ago and it appears as though Logician is every bit as good.

The Newmarket trainer is now bidding to land his fifth St Leger, with Logician sure to be a warm order for the Doncaster Classic in September. The horse had been trading at around the 10/1 mark before this impressive performance catapulted him into favouritism.

Some firms took a slightly dimmer view of his chances, with Ladbrokes prepared to lay 9/4 about Logician winning the St Leger and it’s clear that he will have tougher rivals when it comes to the showdown in Yorkshire.

Japan could yet come into the reckoning before a potential appearance in the Arc, while Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck is also expected to line up for trainer Aidan O’Brien and we should expect an exciting renewal of one of the biggest races on the Flat racing calendar.