11th - 14th September 2019

Sean Boyce
by Sean Boyce

There is an unusual shape to the line up for the 2019 William Hill St Leger. There are no Godolphin runners and not a single filly. Aidan O’Brien holds more than half the entries at the five-day stage but seems likely to substantially reduce that representation. If he does, we will be looking at a single figure line up. There is a single overwhelming favourite who looks perfectly suited to the task but whose profile is itself untypical. Logician was unraced as a two-year-old and has seen the racecourse only four times in total. Ironically, smaller fields have produced great drama in the race in recent years. Simple Verse got the race on appeal in a seven-runner affair and Idaho was odds-on to beat just eight rivals before unseating Seamie Heffernan during the race and leaving the way clear for Harbour Law’s shock success. It may be that the (currently) benign weather forecast is the only thing that is settled this year.

Sean Boyce's Verdict

William Hill St Leger 2019
  • Logician stands out here on so many levels. He has the right quality, he’s won the right trial, he’s trained by the right man and he’ll be ridden by a genius. He faces two obstacles. The first is the combined efforts of Team Ballydoyle and the second is his unproven stamina. The first is something that Dettori has repeatedly overcome and he’s sure to have a plan on Saturday. The second has been addressed by Simon Rowlands and all the indications are that Logician is particularly well equipped to stay. The bet that I’ve had in the race though is NAYEF ROAD. Like the handicapper, I find it very hard to split him from his stablemate and yet he’s three times the price of Sir Ron Priestley. I’m hoping he can hang tough and hit the frame at long odds.