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Won. Lost. Won. That was Simple Verse’s record in a dramatic renewal of the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in 2015.
Having been supplemented for the final British Classic of the season, Simple Verse travelled strongly and had a live chance as the tempo picked up entering the final two furlongs.
She and Bondi Beach collided twice during a ding-dong battle but Simple Verse was the more tenacious, passing the post a head in front of her Irish rival.
Wild celebrations of the winning connections were abruptly cut short when an inquiry was called and the stewards’ reversed the placings. They deemed the interference caused on the run to the line was sufficient enough to award Bondi Beach the spoils.
It was a controversial decision and, 11 days later, after an appeal, the placings were reverted back to the original result with Simple Verse being handed the race following a successful appeal by connections.
There were no such enquiries a few weeks later however as she followed up in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day. She was delivered with expert timing by Andrea Atzeni to get up in the closing stages and win with three-quarters of a length to spare.
She began her 2016 campaign with a creditable second in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket when probably in need of the run and burdened with a 5lb penalty. A fourth in the Coronation Cup followed, but then came a lacklustre effort in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Simple Verse was then off for almost three months before returning to the St Leger meeting at Doncaster for the Park Hill Stakes.
She proved that a combination of her and Town Moor make for pulsating finishes – getting up late on under Oisin Murphy after looking to have no chance of catching the leader, Pretty Perfect, a furlong out.
Simple Verse followed that be finishing a keeping-on third to Sheikzayedroad in the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.
Kept in training, she ran a cracker on her return when touched off by Dartmouth in the Yorkshire Cup. The Gold Cup is her next target.
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