John Gosden’s St Leger winner Logician will be aimed at the top middle-distance races next season, according to both his trainer and Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah.
Already the attractive roan has won over a range of race distances. He broke his duck over a mile-and-a-quarter in May, won a novice over the same trip at Newmarket, scored in a 1½-mile handicap at Newbury and landed the Great Voltigeur over that trip at York before staying on right to the line over the extended mile-and-three-quarters at Doncaster in the Leger.
Grimthorpe has been at pains to suggest that the team will see how the winter goes before making any firms plans, though he has acknowledged that the colt has speed as well as obvious stamina.
Although he is less certain than the trainer that Logician could drop right back to 1¼ miles, Grimthorpe noted how even at Doncaster it looked as though he needed the drop down in trip having been rather free in the early stages of the race.
Eclipse the Main Focus
Although out of a Daylami mare, the three-year-old is by Frankel whose progeny have done well at a range of trips from a mile right up to genuine staying distances.
As for next year, trainer John Gosden thinks the Eclipse could be the main summer target for the five-race unbeaten star, perhaps with the Brigadier Gerard being his intended warm-up race.
Gosden’s is a yard that has been down this route before of course. Superstar mare Enable, who was all stamina when she won the Oaks in 2017, started her 2019 campaign off successfully in the Eclipse of course and there’s little doubt that Logician is with the right people.
Enable herself was seen on the Newmarket turf for the first time in her career on Wednesday morning as she was permitted a racecourse gallop.
Going well in a solid piece of work she was led by Crossed Baton, a mile-and-a-quarter horse rated up to 105, with whom she led up nicely. It was described as a straightforward prep and she remains in good form as she heads for ParisLongchamp with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe now just over a week away.
Last year her work was slow and she was not 100% going into the event, but she is spot-on this time as she attempts to win an unprecedented third Arc before being retired at the end of the year.