Duke Of Marmalade’s Cartier Champion daughter Simple Verse is on track to make her next appearance in the G2 Dunaden at Overbury Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket, on April 30th.
The brilliant four-year-old, who recorded a pair of back to back G1 wins in her two last outings in 2015, could face off against last season’s G1 Irish Derby hero Jack Hobbs in the race.
Simple Verse’s trainer, Ralph Beckett, is happy with his star, saying, “Simple Verse is in good shape and I am keen to run her in the Dunaden At Overbury Jockey Club Stakes as a prep race for the Coronation Cup. She has done well over the winter and I am very happy with her condition, although I wouldn’t want to risk her on fast ground if it dries up at Newmarket. She took on the boys and managed to beat them in the St Leger so, until proven otherwise, I am happy for her continue to do so.”
A five time winner, from just eight outings, Simple Verse has banked over £798,000 in stakes, and she could be aimed at the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes later in the year. Her sire Duke Of Marmalade won the King George back in 2008, when accounting for such G1 winners as Ask and Youmzain.
Remarkably, Danehill’s champion son could have a pair of runners in the Jockey Club Stakes (won recently by G1 winners Al Kazeem, Alkaased, Marienbard, and Shirocco). His tough as teak son, Big Orange, a dual group winner last season, is another among the 17 entered for the Newmarket contest.
Duke Of Marmalade has been enjoying another good run of success lately, with his recent winners including Australian Group 3 winner Diamond Made and unbeaten classic hope Swinging Duke. His daughter, Daphne (who is owned by The Queen), has been entered in the Investec Oaks.