Logician could be the next great horse to emerge from John Gosden’s yard after producing a fine performance to win the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York Racecourse. The grey colt is a son of Frankel – one of the finest thoroughbreds to take to the track in racing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
He has already proven to be a chip-off-the-old-block in his maiden campaign, winning all four of his races to date. Logician now faces the biggest challenge of his fledgling career when he competes in the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster Racecourse. The three-year-old is backed at 5/4 in the latest horse racing betting odds to take the crown, although he will face stiff competition from the field.
Gosden has conceived a healthy habit of producing truly elite charges. Last year, Too Darn Hot was his next great competitor, and even though he had a slow start to the current term, he proved his quality with a brilliant performance to triumph in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Unfortunately for Gosden and owners Andrew and Madeline Lloyd-Webber, the victory came at a price, as the horse suffered a career-ending injury in the process.
Too Darn Hot’s injury proves the fragility of life at the top of the sport. Logician is a different style of racehorse to his old stable mate, competing over 10 furlongs in all four of his races to date. He began his career at Newbury in his Maiden Stakes in a field of 19 horses. Gosden’s charge was the leading contender and he rose to the occasion with a fine display to finish two lengths ahead of his nearest challenger High Commissioner.
The quality of his performance saw his odds for his next outing shorten dramatically, beginning the contest as the odds-on favourite at Newbury. Logician produced another excellent ride with Roger Havlin in the saddle, securing his second win on the bounce by one-and-three-quarter lengths. The three-year-old was beginning to capture the attention of his trainer and Frankie Dettori, who took over the reins for the Rancho Zabaco Handicap.
Logician delivered an outstanding display at Newbury for his third-straight meet. He made a steady start to the contest before upping the ante, surging through the field. Once the grey colt gained the lead, the rest of the race was a formality as he stormed down the stretch to finish four-and-a-half lengths in front of Natty Night in second. Expectations were high going into the Great Voltigeur Stakes in his first race outside of Newbury. However, the grey colt had no problem delivering a flawless outing in York, defeating a talented field to claim his fourth victory in a row.
The St Leger Stakes will provide a tougher challenge of his credentials to become a truly elite competitor. His early form could be a flash in the pan, although Logician could be the next great one to emerge from Gosden’s yard, following in prestigious footsteps. Il Paradiso and Constantinople are among the contenders to prevent him from securing the crown. However, should Logician continue to improve the level of his displays, it will take something special to knock him out of the winners’ circle at Doncaster.