Old Persian takes top honours at Woodbine

OLD PERSIAN (GB) showed his class at Woodbine on Saturday with a decisive triumph in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes.

Owned and bred by Godolphin, the four-year-old son of DUBAWI thrived in the hands of James Doyle to take the mile-and-a-quarter contest by two and a half lengths from NESSY.

It was Old Persian’s second victory at the highest level following his Dubai Sheema Classic triumph at Meydan in March.

Charlie Appleby’s inmate, who is closely related to two-time winner CHAPELLI (GB), is the first live foal out of SINGSPIEL mare INDIAN PETAL (GB).

Indian Petal is a full sister to SILKWOOD (GB), who landed the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2007, and a half-sister to SILENT HONOR, who won the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes in 2001.

Godolphin representative Alex Merriam said:

“Old Persian didn’t run great in the Coronation Cup at Epsom, but that was coming back after a good effort in Dubai, and we were pleased enough with his run in Germany.

“They have gone a strong gallop, which suited Old Persian, and James has given him a nice ride. It has worked out well.

“I have spoken to Charlie and we will see how Old Persian comes out of this race before deciding where to go next.”

Logician lays down the law in St Leger

LOGICIAN (GB) provided Juddmonte Farms with yet another huge winner when he stole the show in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.

Trained by John Gosden, the three-year-old son of superstar FRANKEL (GB) brilliantly claimed the final Classic of the domestic Flat season with a two-and-a-quarter-length defeat of the British-bred SIR RON PRIESTLY (GB).

Logician, ridden by Frankie Dettori, is now unbeaten in five starts, having won the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on his penultimate outing in August.

Frankel has now sired nine Group 1 winners, including the 2019 Epsom Oaks winner ANAPURNA (GB) and two-time European Champion CRACKSMAN (GB).

A fifth foal, Logician is a full brother of three-time winner COLLIDE (GB), who is in training with Hugo Palmer. He is also a half-brother to three other winners, most notably multiple Group-race scorer SUFFUSED (GB).

Logician’s dam, SCUFFLE (GB) – by DAYLAMI – was a three-time winner and is a half-sister to star miler CITYSCAPE (GB) and the Group 1-placed speedball BATED BREATH (GB).

Trainer John Gosden said:

“He’s a mile-and-a-half horse really, but this is a Classic and Prince Khalid  (Abdullah) was keen because he breeds these lovely horses and wanted to win a Classic for Frankel.

“We’ve won him two now as we also won the Oaks for him (with Anapurna).

“He’s a gorgeous horse. I think he’d be better on good ground, rather than good to firm.

“He’ll probably revert to a mile and a half next year. He’s done so much so quickly this year that we’ll put him away now, he won’t run again this season.”

Queen Enable rules supreme at York

ENABLE (GB) added further gloss to her astonishing CV with a facile victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday.

Prince Khalid Abdullah’s homebred bossed the mile-and-a-half Group 1 in the hands of Frankie Dettori and did not have to hit top gear to defeat old foe Magical by two and three-quarters of a length.

She is now unbeaten in 12 races, with this her 10th triumph at the highest level – and her second success in the Yorkshire Oaks.

This is likely to be Enable’s final run in Britain as she will retire at the end of the season, but not before she bids for an unprecedented third victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 6.

A tearful Frankie Dettori said:

“It’s the last day she’ll be running in England and it is special.

“I decided to make the running and I had the race in control.

“I’m emotional because she’s so good.”

Enable, trained by John Gosden, is a five-year-old daughter of NATHANIEL, who is based at Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire.

Her dam, CONCENTRIC (GB), was also a Juddmonte homebred who has produced a four-year-old half-brother CENTROID (GB), who won on debut last August for Dermot Weld.

A three-year-old half-sister, ENTITLE (GB), has made four starts for Gosden and was last seen running in the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly in June.

Trainer John Gosden said:

“She’s cruised round there. She’s done it nobly. Her last furlong was her most impressive.

“I’m glad we brought her here. We couldn’t be more pleased with her.

“She has shown her class against the fillies and now you’ve got the big, old mountain of the Arc to climb.

“She wasn’t at her best in the Arc last year but if you go back to three-year-old form she’ll be mighty tough to beat.

“She has this amazingly competitive mind. If you were married to her you’d have to jolly well listen!”

“She’s just a great filly with a great constitution and an amazing mind. I’ve seen some wonderful racemares in my time and she is one of those.

“I don’t think (keeping her running after the Arc) is right. I just feel it’s asking something that’s not right.”


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