Verse may bid for repeat

Simple Verse could face a number of familiar rivals if she lines up in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Simple Verse: May bid to follow up in Ascot feature

Ralph Beckett's charge, who also holds an entry in the Long Distance Cup on the same card, won the distaff heat last year and a number of those that finished in behind 12 months remain in the mix.

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Runner-up Journey leads the way for John Gosden, with Bocca Baciata (fifth) and this year's Prix de l'Opera winner Speedy Boarding (ninth) possible runners.

Aidan O'Brien could well hold the key to the Group One event with five fillies in contention, headed by Arc winner Found – although she has the option of tackling the Champion Stakes, too.

Dual Classic winner Minding, who also has alternate options at Ascot, Even Song, Seventh Heaven and Pretty Perfect complete the Ballydoyle squad.

California and Furia Cruzada could give extra strings to Gosden's bow, while Bateel, Endless Time, Maleficent Queen, Zhukova, Architecture, Promising Run and Queen's Trust are the others in the hunt in the 12-furlong affair.

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