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Logician makes perfect sense in St Leger

Trainer John Gosden
Trainer John Gosden

By Nick Robson

Logician can maintain his unbeaten record by providing John Gosden with a fifth victory in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster.

The Clarehaven handler celebrated his first success in the world's oldest Classic way back in 1996 with Shantou, but then had to wait until 2007 before Lucarno provided him with a second.

Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel secured Gosden back-to-back wins in 2010-11, and he was second 12 months ago with Lah Ti Dar.

Logician brings flawless credentials to the Classic, having won all four of his races to date.

In fairness, until his smooth success in the Great Voltigeur last time out, it would have been hard to prove he was up to anything like this class - after winning three weak races. But stepped up to Group Two company at York, he dispatched some decent rivals with disdain and looks sure to be suited by going even further.

The giant grey should be even better next year, and the future looks incredibly rosy.

Shine So Bright showed a very willing attitude when holding off the top-class filly Laurens at York, and a reproduction of that effort will make him the one to beat in the Hird Rail Group Park Hill Stakes.

SELECTIONS:

BATH: 2.00 Miss Gargar, 2.35 Forus, 3.10 Bronze River, 3.45 Little Boy Blue, 4.20 Sash, 4.55 Mojave, 5.30 Pink Flamingo.

CHELMSFORD: 1.35 Freshwater Cliffs, 2.10 Intuitive, 2.45 Habub, 3.20 Limit Long, 3.55 New Angel, 4.30 Mostawaa, 5.05 Jeweller.

CHESTER: 1.30 Huboor, 2.05 Durston, 2.40 My Reward, 3.15 Raahy, 3.50 Bellevarde, 4.25 Mickey, 5.00 Garden Oasis.

DONCASTER: 1.50 Bielsa, 2.25 Shine So Bright, 3.00 Royal Crusade, 3.35 LOGICIAN (NAP), 4.10 Kingbrook, 4.45 Qaysar, 5.55 The Trader.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 1.55 Raven's Cry, 2.30 Marlborough Sounds, 3.05 Mogul, 3.40 Buckhurst, 4.15 Headman, 4.50 Lancaster House, 5.25 Laurens, 6.00 Viadera.

LINGFIELD: 1.10 Junoesque, 1.40 Lady Of Shalott, 2.15 Mr Nice Guy, 2.50 My Poem, 3.25 Narak, 4.00 Reloaded, 4.35 Whisper Aloud.

LISTOWEL: 1.45 Ciao, 2.20 Quartz Du Rheu, 2.55 Our Jerry, 3.25 Conron, 4.00 Grey Waters, 4.35 Black Scorpion, 5.10 Demi Plie, 5.40 Donacheady Gale.

MUSSELBURGH: 3.30 Lagenda, 4.05 Puerto Sol, 4.40 Just Hubert, 5.15 Muhallab, 5.45 Ventura Flame, 6.15 Calvados Spirit, 6.45 Cape Victory, 7.15 Super Florence.

DOUBLE: Logician and Shine So Bright (both Doncaster).

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