Ralph Beckett eyeing Ascot return for Simple Verse

Tue 12 Sep 2017

Ralph Beckett hopes to have Simple Verse ready in time for a second shot at the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

The 2015 St Leger winner has not been seen since trailing home last in the Ascot Gold Cup at the Royal meeting in June after she met with a setback in the build up to last month's Goodwood Cup.

Plans are now in place to send the five-year-old daughter of Duke Of Marmalade straight to the two-mile Group Two contest on October 21, in which she finished third 12 months ago.

Beckett said: "Simple Verse won't appear until the race on Champions Day she is entered in.

"She has just taken a while to get over the muscular issue she picked up in the run-up to the Goodwood Cup.

"There is really little point trying to rush her. She won't be ready for the Cadran as that is only a few weeks before.

"It is a shame, but we have got just under six weeks to get her ready for Ascot."


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