Duntle, Royal Ascot Winner, Could Be Daunting at Beverly D Stakes

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Race Replay: Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, Ascot on June 19, 2013.

The most exciting news for the Beverly D. Stakes is that Flaxman Stable’s Duntle is being considered for a trans-Atlantic trip after her exemplary runner-up finish to the streaking Elusive Kate in this past weekend’s Group I Prix Rothschild at Deauville Racecourse, according to the International Racing Bureau. A daughter of Danehill Dancer, the long-striding chestnut filly won the Group I Matron Stakes last fall in the middle of a five-race winning streak that was ended when she ran into four-time Group I winner Elusive Kate. Trained by David Wachman, Duntle is owned by the Niarchos Family, who won the Breeders’ Cup Mile with Domedriver when it was held at Arlington in 2002.

Duntle’s best run this year was in the Group II Duke of Cambridge Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting. In that race she defeated James Wigan’s Dank, who is also under consideration for the Beverly D. Dank, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is a two-time Group winner this year (in three starts) and came within three-quarters of a length of Duntle in their June meeting. The Duke of Cambridge, raced over a rigorous one-mile course, produced Joviality in 2012, who subsequently finished third in the Beverly D.

If the two European ‘D’s bring their rivalry over to the Beverly D., they will probably be greeted by Glen Hill Farm’s 2012 Beverly D. runner-up Marketing Mix, highly regarded fellow Europeans Gifted Girl (England) and Sarkiyla (France), and North American graded winners Ausus, La Tia, Solid Appeal, Somali Lemonade and Starformer. On the fence at this time from Europe are Moment in Time from the barn of defending Beverly D.-winning trainer David Simcock, as well as the Andrew Balding-trained Stirring Ballad.

Ascot Racecourse is a famous English racecourse, located in the small town of Ascot, Berkshire, and is one of the leading thoroughbred racecourses in the United Kingdom.


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