St Leger heroine Simple Verse returns to Doncaster
Simple Verse (far side) was involved in the controversial St Leger finish
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) St Leger heroine Simple Verse back at Doncaster
By David Baxter 2:00PM 6 SEP 2016
CONNECTIONS of Simple Verse will be hoping for a stress-free afternoon on Town Moor this year, as last season's Ladbrokes St Leger winner returns to the scene of her infamous triumph on Thursday.
The Ralph Beckett-trained filly's dramatic victory over Bondi Beach, which went to BHA headquarters on appeal after the raceday stewards reversed the placings in favour of Aidan O'Brien's runner, was one of the most sensational finishes in the race's 240-year history.
Simple Verse has failed to win in three starts this year, most recently at Royal Ascot when seventh in the Hardwicke Stakes, and faces 13 rivals on her Doncaster return in the Group 2 DFS Park Hill Stakes.
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She is well clear on official ratings, but is second-favourite behind the progressive Abingdon, who has won three of her four starts this campaign.
Also on Thursday
Kilmah will attempt to follow up her recent Group 3 win at Goodwood in the Group 2 Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes. Chief dangers to Mark Johnston's filly include Blending and Rich Legacy, who was two-and-a-lengths behind Kilmah at Goodwood.
Richard Fahey is bidding for a third-straight success in the valuable Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes, and has two of the 22-strong field.
Marie Of Lyon has performed well in Pattern company on her last two starts, while Scofflaw was down the field in a Goodwood nursery last time out.
The opposition includes Gimcrack fourth Global Applause and Stormy Clouds, winner of similar race at York on her last start.
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