Verse takes up Park Hill challenge

Last year's St Leger heroine Simple Verse heads 14 runners for the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday.

Simple Verse: Runs at Doncaster

The Ralph Beckett-trained filly has yet to get her head in front this season and returns to the scene of her controversial Classic success in which she lost the race in the stewards' room but was given it back on appeal.

Beckett will be triple-handed in the Group Two contest over the St Leger course and distance as he has also declared York Listed scorer Pomona and Alyssa, winner of her last three starts.

Sir Michael Stoute's progressive filly Abingdon, winner of the Galtres Stakes at York last month, steps up in distance and class.

California, trained by John Gosden, took the Lillie Langtry Stakes over a similar trip at Glorious Goodwood on her latest start. Gosden is also represented by Mill Springs.

James Fanshawe relies on Moderah after scratching Pecking Order from the race.

Aidan O'Brien's Pretty Perfect, who was fourth in the Yorkshire Oaks, is the only Irish challenger as Joseph O'Brien's Arya Tara and Toe The Line from John Kiely's stable were taken out at the 48-hour final declaration stage.

Completing the line-up are Anzhelika, Carnachy, Forever Popular, Frosty Berry, Star Rider and Tioga Pass.

The Mark Johnston-trained Vive Ma Fille and Michael Bell's Purple Magic were other two withdrawals.

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