Palace Pier Works Toward Marois

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John & Thady Gosden | Emma Berry

Royal Ascot Group 1 winner Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}), who is unbeaten in four starts, worked well on Saturday in advance of the Aug. 19 G1 Prix Jacques le Marois, according to trainer John Gosden. The Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum colourbearer graduated on debut at Sandown last August and added a novice race there a month later before being shelved. Successful in a June 6 handicap at Newcastle over the all-weather, the bay saluted in the G1 St James's Palace S. at Royal Ascot in his latest outing on June 20.

“Palace Pier worked well on Saturday and is looking at the Jacques le Marois, which I said he would go for right after he won the St James's Palace S.,” said Gosden. “He is a young horse that is only three and he has only run four times in his life, so to that extent he is a progressive horse. Every time you go into these Group 1s it is hard and this time he is taking on older horses, not just 3-year-olds. He ran great at Ascot and I just think the straight mile at Deauville will really suit him. We are happy keeping him at a mile, but he will get a mile and a quarter in time. You could see that by the way he finished his race at Ascot.”

Gosden also provided an update on 2019 G1 St Leger S. winner Logician (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who has been out of action with peritonitis since his Leger score.

“Logician breezed on Saturday as well and is coming along fine,” Gosden added. “We are looking to run him in September, all being well-that's the plan. I know the races we want to look at, but we won't name them until closer to the time as when you do you often don't get there.”

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