Logician coasts home under Frankie Dettori
Logician coasts home under Frankie Dettori

St Leger winner Logician retired to stud

Top middle-distance performer Logician, winner of the 2019 St Leger, has been retired to stud.

John Gosden’s grey capped a brilliant and unbeaten three-year-old campaign with victory in the Classic at Doncaster – his fifth success of the season.

Juddmonte’s son of Frankel was, however, subsequently restricted to just four more career starts after suffering from a debilitating bout of peritonitis in the winter of 2019/20.

He eventually returned, after an absence of almost exactly a year, to record a long odds-on victory back at Doncaster in a two-runner conditions race over 10 furlongs.

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Logician then finished last of four in the Group Three Cumberland Lodge Stakes, run at York, and was also still well below his Classic-winning best in two defeats this summer, at Group Three and Listed level.

He will retire as a prospective National Hunt stallion to the Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire, which is run by Peter Hockenhull and his wife Emma.

Peter Hockenhull told Thoroughbreddailynews.com: “The purchase of Logician is the culmination of a four-year search to bring another top-class stallion prospect to Shade Oak, one with all the qualities needed in a champion National Hunt sire. Logician ticks every box.”

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Logician won the first six of his nine starts, from 10 furlongs up to the St Leger distance of one mile six and a half, for career earnings of almost £550,000.

Hockenhull added: “I am encouraged that Juddmonte were keen to retain breeding rights in the horse for use on their own mares, so I look forward to some high-class runners by him not only over jumps but also on the Flat.”

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