Euchen Glen caused a major surprise in the rearranged Betsafe Cumberland Lodge Stakes, with Logician losing his unbeaten record in finishing a disappointing last of four at York.
Back at the scene of his finest hour, Euchen Glen had won the John Smith’s Cup on the Knavesmire in 2018.
Injury then kept him off the track for over 700 days, but he had claimed victory in a valuable contest at Haydock last month.
Even so, he was sent off at 18-1 against last year’s St Leger winner, who himself had overcome a year on the sidelines to win on his return at Doncaster.
Logician was the 1-3 favourite for the Group Three transferred from Ascot’s waterlogged meeting last weekend, and Martin Harley seemed happy enough on John Gosden’s charge until passing the three-furlong marker.
Harley wanted to grab the rail on the previously-unbeaten Frankel colt, but was unable to do so before Paul Mulrennan and Euchen Glen, who were relentless in front.
Harley had a brief look down on Logician and ultimately allowed him to come home in his own time.
It was left to Desert Encounter to challenge Euchen Glen, but Jim Goldie’s favourite won by half a length.
Goldie said: “I would say that was a masterclass in riding. As Baldrick would say, we had a cunning plan and I can’t believe how well it went.
“We thought we’d try to bring the field across to the rail as it complicates things, it gives the jockeys a decision to make and it worked a treat.
“To take a scalp like that is great. Some thought it pie in the sky against a superstar, but Paul was up for it and so was I.
“The horse we beat is probably rated similar to us and it looks like the favourite hasn’t turned up.
“Our horse is a superstar and Paul gets a great tune out of him.”
He added: “He’s actually in the Balmoral over a mile on Champions Day. He’ll go on the ground so we’ll just see how he is. I don’t think there’s much else.”
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Logician’s owner, Khalid Abdullah, said: “The horse pulled up sound and obviously he’ll be checked out when he gets back.
“From the point of view that he is sound, that’s a bonus, but obviously there must be something to explain it.”
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Logician has just the three rivals as he bids to extend his 100 per cent to seven in the rescheduled Betsafe Cumberland Lodge Stakes at York on Friday.
Last year’s St Leger hero made a belated return to action back at Doncaster last month with a facile success over Mythical Magic, in what turned it to be a match.
It may have been little more than a piece of work, but it did show he was back in business after recovering from a life-threatening illness during the winter.
The John Gosden-trained four-year-old has more to do in this Group Three over a mile and a half, although he would have faced a stiffer task had Ascot not been abandoned due to waterlogging last weekend.
Martin Harley rides the grey for the first time as his regular partner Frankie Dettori is not in action until Saturday following his trip to France to ride Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Euchen Glen has come back as good as ever after being sidelined through injury for nearly two years.
Winner of the John Smith’s Cup at York in 2018 before his enforced absence, the seven-year-old lifted the Old Borough Cup at Haydock last month and was a creditable fourth to Addeybb in the Doonside Cup at Ayr after setting the pace.
“He’s doing fine. It’s a big ask to beat Mr Gosden’s horse, but he’s in good form so we’re giving it a go,” said Goldie.
“We’ll wait and see if Ascot could have been better than York or not and make a judgement after it.
“He should be a player.”
Connections of Highland Chief expect the Royal Ascot winner to give Logician a run for his money.
The son of Gleneagles ran a fine race over this course and distance in the Dante Stakes in August when second to Pyledriver.
He been has highly-tried this season, running in the Investec Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris.
“Highland Chief is in great form. I think he’ll love the ground. It will be better for him up there,” said Oliver Cole, who trains the colt with his father, Paul.
“I think he’ll run a very big race.
“Obviously we’ve got to take on John Gosden’s horse, who is very good, but hopefully he’ll give him a race.”
David Simcock’s eight-year-old stalwart Desert Encounter completes the quartet.
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Logician has been confirmed an intended runner in the rescheduled Betsafe Cumberland Lodge Stakes at York on Friday.
Last year’s St Leger hero has missed much of the current campaign after suffering a life-threatening illness last winter, but made a foot-perfect comeback when beating a solitary rival on his return to action last month.
Connections had been looking forward to running in the Group Three Cumberland Lodge at Ascot last Saturday, before the meeting was abandoned due to a waterlogged track.
Trainer John Gosden subsequently raised the St Simon Stakes at Newbury as a possible alternative, while he also holds entries in the Qipco Champion Stakes and the Long Distance Cup on Saturday week.
However, with the British Horseracing Authority acting quickly to save the Cumberland Lodge, Logician is set to return to the Knavesmire, where he won the Great Voltigeur Stakes in August of last year.
“I hope he’ll be going to York,” confirmed Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.
“We obviously wanted to run at Ascot and now the race has been rescheduled, that remains the plan.
“He’s in good form.”
Logician is one of seven contenders for the Cumberland Lodge after the race was reopened for entries.
Desert Encounter, Highland Chief, Euchen Glen and Litigator were also declared to run at Ascot, and are again potential rivals to Gosden’s unbeaten son of Frankel.
In addition, Communique and Loxley are in the mix.
The Cumberland Lodge was one of four races due to be run at Ascot which have been rescheduled by the BHA, with the Bengough Stakes at York on Saturday, the October Stakes moved to Goodwood on October 11 and the Rous Stakes switched to Nottingham on October 14.
A statement from the ruling body read: “Although it is not usual procedure to reschedule Group Three and Listed races, it was felt that with the abandonment coming late in an already disrupted season, it was in the best interests of all concerned to reschedule these opportunities.”
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Logician takes another tentative step on his route back to the top level in Saturday’s tote.co.uk Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot.
John Gosden’s grey is still unbeaten and won last year’s St Leger at Doncaster, but fell seriously ill over the winter with peritonitis which can be a life-threatening condition.
Thankfully he made a full recovery and returned to action at this year’s Leger meeting after a year off the track, beating his sole rival with ease.
“Given how serious his illness was over the winter we were delighted with how Doncaster went in every way and everyone has been very pleased with him since,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager.
“All his work at home suggests he’s in very good form – it’s encouraging. Rab (Havlin) rode him last year and rides him a lot at home so he knows him well.”
The ground at Ascot is expected to be pretty testing come the race, but Grimthorpe is not unduly concerned unless it became bottomless.
“We always thought he would handle soft ground. If it gets extreme, what I call specialist areas, then that is an unknown, but I think he’d certainly handle it soft,” said Grimthorpe.
“His dam, Scuffle, never ran on anything like it’s going to be, but his dad, Frankel, of course won a Champion Stakes on bottomless ground on Champions Day so there is some encouragement.
“This looks a nice race for him, a Group Three without a penalty, but like all these things the reality is never quite what you imagine.
“He’s going into the race in good form, we’re all happy with him and have been since Doncaster. Of course there is some trepidation, mainly because of the infection he had over the winter, but hopefully he’s over it.”
Logician running just 24 hours before Enable’s bid for history in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in some ways is helping keep Grimthorpe’s nerves at bay.
“This weekend is why we are in the game, for these great moments,” he said.
“We have an unbeaten Classic winner running on Saturday and a great racemare going for a third Arc on Sunday, it doesn’t get much bigger than that.
“For everyone, from Prince Khalid downwards at Juddmonte, it’s exciting and this is what it is all about. If you didn’t get nervous you clearly don’t care.”
Chief opposition to Logician is Andrew Balding’s Morando, winner of the race last year, and the Kingclere handler also runs Alounak.
“This was always the plan for Alounak. But obviously, when the weather forecast looked like it did, (we thought) it could just be an opportunity for Morando – who won it last year. Both are in good form, and both would be competitive,” Balding told Sky Sports Racing.
“Morando won it well last year – he loves soft ground. He just got caught out at Chester last time – it was probably the ground had dried up a bit.
“He’s in great form. Our aim was the two-miler on Champions Day, which it still is, and going here won’t stop us doing that.”
Balding, though, is well aware they both have Logician to beat.
“He’s a superstar horse really, so it won’t be easy. But if a lot of rain comes that will certainly play to Morando’s strengths,” he said.
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John Gosden is confident Enable is “ready to put in a big, bold effort” as she bids again for a historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp.
The brilliant mare suffered just the second of only three career defeats in 18 starts 12 months ago when she was agonisingly caught deep in the final furlong by Waldgeist on rain-softened ground, as she sought an unprecedented hat-trick in the great race.
After owner Khalid Abdullah chose to keep her in training as a six-year-old for another shot at the Arc, Gosden has been clear throughout that this Sunday is the date that matters above all for her and jockey Frankie Dettori.
He is mindful of tough opposition, headed by Aidan O’Brien’s dual Classic-winning filly Love and including his own three-time Ascot Gold Cup hero Stradivarius, in a field of 15 following Tuesday’s forfeit stage – with the possibility of supplementary entries on Wednesday.
Gosden is satisfied, however, that he has Enable in the right shape – having begun her campaign by finishing second to Ghaiyyath in the Eclipse at Sandown and then winning Ascot’s King George and the September Stakes at Kempton, as she did en route to Paris two years ago.
Assessing her season so far, he said on Paddy Power’s podcast From The Horse’s Mouth: “I think she’s found it more difficult – she’s older and bigger and heavier, and getting to race fitness.
“I went gently at it – it was a struggle, though, and when I ran her in the Eclipse, I was very clear with everyone beforehand that the race would put her right.
“She went there at 80 per cent, and the race did put her right – she went and won the King George.
“She’s been in good form since – she had a nice breeze round in the September Stakes, nothing too taxing for her because the Arc has been the target all year.”
Unlike two years ago, there have been no hitches since then.
Gosden added: “She’s happy and well in herself – Frankie breezed her on the round gallop on the Limekilns on Saturday and he was very pleased with her.
“It’s still a few days to go – and she’s ready to put in a big, bold effort.
“We’re perfectly aware how tough the race is, and we’re perfectly aware how tough the opposition is.”
With age, Gosden acknowledges, the task facing Enable is a different one.
“I think she was overwhelmingly the best as a three-year-old, getting the weight in her first Arc,” he said.
“The second Arc, she struggled, had an injury, came back (and) won in the September Stakes, then got sick and then went to the Arc.
“She’d missed some work but she hung in there – and last year she ran a blinder.
“I think we all went a stride (too) quick and all moved a little bit soon for the conditions – let’s hope we can go one better this year.
“But we’re totally aware that (with) the favourite (Love, who has drifted to second-favourite behind Enable) getting all the weight, it’s a mighty task giving that weight.
“Having said that, we benefited from it when we were a three-year-old winning the Arc, so we can’t exactly complain now!”
Gosden’s unbeaten 2019 St Leger winner Logician has been taken out of the Arc, and will instead head to Ascot’s Group Two Cumberland Lodge Stakes on Saturday.
Super stayer Stradivarius remains on course to test himself against Europe’s best middle-distance horses, though, having pleased his trainer when runner-up in the Prix Foy.
Encouraged by that performance, Gosden said: “I thought for a horse who’s a Gold Cup winner, he showed great acceleration in the straight – going down by half a neck to Anthony Van Dyck, who seems to have found his form again.
“I thought it was a very good trial from both of them – and the horses behind, the French horses, could never get to them.”
Stradivarius has since been in fine form at home, and Gosden is no longer concerned about the prospect of soft ground.
“I’m very happy with him – he worked well on Saturday, with Rab Havlin on board, and he’s all ready to go,” he said.
“We’ve always thought of him as a top-of-the-ground horse, but he did somewhat surprise us in the Ascot Gold Cup this year.
“So we slightly revised our viewpoint – it seems that he handles most ground.”
Conditions have counted against a European adventure for Logician at this stage, however.
Gosden said: “I think the way the ground’s gone, at the moment I don’t want to put him through that kind of test right now, so he will run in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot on Saturday.”
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Plans have yet to be made for Logician following his successful comeback at Doncaster last week.
The John Gosden-trained grey had been out of action for almost a year after winning last season’s St Leger, having suffered a life-threatening illness during the winter.
He faced only one rival on Town Moor and unexpectedly had little trouble in winning, but despite holding entries at Ascot on British Champions Day over 10 furlongs and two miles, no decision on whether the unbeaten Frankel colt goes there will be made for some time.
“He’s come out of it fine, I’m pleased to say,” said owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe.
“He seems to be in good shape after it and it was everything we could have hoped for actually as a race.
“It was almost a year to the day since he won the St Leger and he had been seriously ill over the winter, so we were going into the unknown a bit to say the least. But the way he came out of it pleased us.
“We’ve got no real plans as such. I think John’s inclination is to go gently and we really wanted to see how he came out of the race and see how he progresses before making a decision.”
With Enable almost certain to be retired following her run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next month, Logician looks set to be a standard bearer for the team next term.
“He’s an important horse for Prince Khalid and we’re treating him very much with next year in mind,” said Grimthorpe.
“You have to treat each horse on their merits so we’ll keep monitoring him. He’s still unbeaten in six races and is a very exciting horse – hopefully there’s more to come.
“To say it was a two-runner race the other day the time was respectable, all things considered.”
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Last year’s St Leger winner Logician maintained his unbeaten record with a facile victory on his eagerly-awaited return in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Conditions Stakes at Doncaster.
Facing only one rival in Charlie Appleby’s Mythical Magic, Logician was sent off a 1-12 shot and the manner of his win reflected that price.
A sick horse over the winter, he was back on track almost a year to the day since his Classic success on Town Moor, but he was racing over half a mile less.
Frankie Dettori bounced him out of the stalls and John Gosden’s grey was keen enough early, but he was not going fast enough for Mythical Magic, who took over briefly turning into the straight.
Once Dettori asked Logician to quicken, his sole rival could not go with him and he was ridden out with just hands and heels for a comfortable seven-length win.
Gosden said: “We’re very happy. He came here very composed and I always think in a race like that, go and set your own pace.
“William’s (Buick) horse (Mythical Magic) was keen in behind, so as soon as they got to the top of this long straight, he came and joined us. It was a nice, proper stretch – he’s finished very well and comfortable under hands and heels.
“He’s having what I call a nice blow, not a stressful blow. You’ve got to remember this horse had two months in intensive care and I can have nothing but praise for the veterinarians at the Newmarket Equine Clinic for saving his life twice, so that he can be here today.
“We’re very pleased to see him back – it’s been a long road.”
As for the future, Gosden said: “There’ll be no immediate plans. He’s well entered in the autumn, but I’d like to see how he is in the next 10 days before even thinking about another race.
“If you’d seen him in the clinic, as I did – I thought I’d never see him again. Just to get him back here is extraordinary in itself.
“We couldn’t be more pleased at this stage, but I don’t want to commit to anything now.
“Anything is possible. We’re on the cusp of the autumn if we want to run again this year, but the horse will tell us.
“I think having missed most of this year, next season for a big, strapping horse like him, as a five-year-old, is very much a key option. I think one might have one’s mind focused on that, as much as anything else.
“We know a mile and a half is spot-on for him, so next year he’ll have races like the King George as an absolute target.”
Dettori told Sky Sports Racing: “It was a good effort by the team. I have hardly seen him this year, obviously. It’s well documented he’s been sick.
“I rode him the other morning. He didn’t give me the feel he gave me in the Leger, but he came to the races today, he went through the gears, he was moving well. OK it was a non-event, but at least we got him back.
“He’s a long way from where he was, but hopefully this race will bring him on and we’ve got him for next year, I hope.”
Line Of Departure completed a hat-trick for Roger Varian in the Weatherbys Racing Bank £200,000 2-Y-O Stakes.
After the colt failed to get his head in front in his first three starts, his Newmarket handler decided to dispose of the blinkers – and it seems to have done the trick, with Line Of Departure opening his account at Yarmouth before following up at Ascot last month.
A 15-2 shot for his latest assignment, the son of Mehmas responded to David Egan’s urgings to score by a length and a quarter from 7-2 joint-favourite Yazaman.
Varian said: “He’s done nothing but improve. I ran him in his first three starts in blinkers, because he didn’t show anything at home.
“I don’t know where the ceiling is with this horse – he gets better and better.”
Egan doubled up aboard the Richard Spencer-trained Bernardo O’Reilly in the Jaguar Land Rover Doncaster JCT600 Handicap.
The Karl Burke-trained Spright (10-1) secured her third win from five career starts under a well-judged ride from Clifford Lee in the British Stallion Studs EBF “Carrie Red” Fillies’ Nursery.
Burke said: “I thought she was well handicapped and I twisted the arms of the owners, including David Redvers, to let her run.
“David definitely wanted to go for a Listed race to try to get some black type and make her more sellable, but it would have broken my heart to leave a £50,000 race behind without having a runner in it.
“We’ll definitely give her a shot at black type now. She’s in the Redcar Two Year Old Trophy (October 3), and there’s also the Bosra Sham at Newmarket at the end of October.”
Following the earlier triumphs of Logician in the opener and Indigo Girl in the May Hill Stakes, Gosden completed a treble on the card with 12-1 shot Haqeeqy in the Price Promise At bet365 Handicap, ridden by Jim Crowley.
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