Unbeaten Favourite Logician Cut Again in St Leger Odds
Logician is now a red-hot 6/4 favourite with some firms for the William Hill St. Leger after maintaining his unbeaten record with a brilliant performance in the Great Voligeur Stakes at York.
Logician has now won all four career starts and looks a standout candidate for the final Classic of the 2019 Flat season after powering home under Frankie Dettori to see off Constantinople by a length-and-three-quarters.
The hugely progressive grey son of Frankel can be backed at 2/1 with some of the best new bookmakers but is as short as 6/4 with Paddy Power to provide trainer John Gosden with a fifth success in the Doncaster Classic.
Gosden told Gambling.com: “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.
“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.
“The Leger is an obvious option but there are other options if you stay at a mile and a half.
“I need to speak to the jockey and the racing manager. There are a lot of discussions to be had in the next 10 days.”
Punters Celebrate Japan Win
York layers were shouting loudest after even-money favourite Crystal Ocean was turned over by 5/1 chance Japan in a thrilling finish to the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes.
Japan, galvanised by an inspired Ryan Moore, produced a late thrust to edge out the favourite in the final strides and mark himself down as a hugely progressive three-year-old that will be a major force in the big autumn middle distance contests.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt was subsequently slashed into 2/1 from 7/1 for the Irish Champion Stakes, 5/1 from 10/1 for the Arc and 7/2 from 6/1 for the Breeders' Cup Turf.
The winning trainer said: “I’m very happy with him. Every day since he started in the Dante he has just kept on going forward.
“He has made lovely progress since France. He has a lovely mind. We know he gets a mile and a half but he also has the class for a mile and a quarter.
“He’s a very exciting horse. The race we were thinking of after this was the Irish Champion Stakes. The Arc and the Breeders’ Cup are also possibilities.”
Meanwhile, Valdermoro was given a 25/1 quote for the 2,000 Guineas after getting up late in the day to land the Group 3 Acomb Stakes.
The Richard Fahey-trained colt is held in very high regard by connections and will now step up in grade by heading to either the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes or the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes.
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