Duke daughter keyed for championship race

Simple Verse, one of four classic winners for her sire Duke Of Marmalade in 2015, is one of 12 runners set to do battle for Saturday’s G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies& Mares Stakes at Ascot.

Simple Verse

Simple Verse


The 2400m contest is one of four G1 races to be run on the day and is worth £327,858 to the winner.

The talented bay’s rivals include G1 Irish Oaks winner Covert Love, defending champion Madame Chiang, former G1 Yorkshire Oaks winner Tapestry, and G1 Juddmonte International winner Arabian Queen –the only horse ever to beat the recent Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn.

The Ralph Beckett trained Simple Verse has enjoyed a tremendous season this year, with the three-year-old having won her last three on the bounce and four of seven in total.

Duke Of Marmalade

Duke Of Marmalade


The Duke Of Marmalade’s filly’s most important win to date came in the G1 Ladbrokes St Leger, where she became the first filly since User Friendly in 1992 to win the Doncaster classic. Prior to the Leger, Simple Verse had impressed at Goodwood when winning the G3 Markel Insurance Stakes over older rivals.

To date, Simple Verse has amassed prize money of more than £470 000 and counting.

Duke Of Marmalade, sire of nearly 40 stakes performers, has been represented by classic winners in Britain, France, Germany and Italy this year, with his offspring also landing such notable races as the G2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes and the G2 Goodwood Cup.

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