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MILE AIM FOR THUNDEROUS

- ■ by DAVID YATES ■ by JASON HEAVEY

LOGICIAN was yesterday cut to 5-4 favourite for the St Leger – despite a doubt persisting over his participat­ion at Doncaster on September 14.

The betting for the final Classic underwent a shake-up yesterday when Aidan O’Brien withdrew Anthony Van Dyck and Sovereign, winners of the Investec Derby and the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, from Town Moor along with stablemate­s Broome and Japan.

But Logician’s trainer John Gosden warned “no decision” has yet been reached over whether the unbeaten grey, who maintained his unbeaten record with an impressive score in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last Wednesday, would make the Leger line-up.

“I’m very happy with the horse but there has been no decision made at this stage,” Gosden said.

“The Prix Niel at Longchamp on September 13 is a possibilit­y but that wouldn’t be a penalty kick – you can run into the Prix du Jockey-Club winner. It all needs to be discussed with the owner and everybody as to which way to go.

“We will probably make decision next week.

“I said there would be a decision 10 days after the Voltigeur and I’m sticking to that.”

O’Brien’s Circus Maximus will revert to a mile after his seventh to Japan in York’s Juddmonte Internatio­nal, with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Ascot’s British Champions Day card on October 19 a likely target.

The Derby sixth stepped back four furlongs to land the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June before a half-length second to Too Darn Hot in the Sussex Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival the following month.

But, after the son of Galileo’s flop

aover 10 furlongs on the Knavesmire, Alan Cooper, racing manager to the colt’s majority owners, the Niarchos family, said: “I think what we learned from York is that 10 furlong is too far, so we will be dropping back to a mile. “The QEII is definitely a race up for considerat­ion. He’s a courseand-distance winner and that would be a good objective to have.” A TRIP to Newbury for the Mill Reef Stakes is the most likely next step for Malotru following his eye-catching effort in the Gimrack at York.

Having followed up a debut victory at Chelmsford with a Group Three success in Italy, Marco Botti’s juvenile stepped up to Group Two level on the Knavesmire last week when he was a 20-1 shot.

While he never threatened to land a telling blow on highly regarded winner Threat, there was much to like about the way Malotru powered home for fourth from an unpromisin­g position.

UNBEATEN juvenile Thunderous may move up to a mile in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes on his next start.

The colt trained by Mark Johnston, below, has won each of his three outings over seven furlongs, including the

Listed Denford Stakes, and holds an entry in Saturday’s Solario Stakes at Sandown.

Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbr­ed Racing, said: “I spoke to Mark and I think he’s likely to be heading to the Royal Lodge at Newmarket or the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster rather than run on Saturday.

“He’s very well and in good form but we think a mile might just suit him better at this stage.”

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HOT FAVOURITE: Logician heads the betting for the last Classic of the season
■ HOT FAVOURITE: Logician heads the betting for the last Classic of the season

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