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Yeats (Johnny Murtagh) - fourth Ascot Gold Cup - 18.6.09

Champion stayer Yeats will be marketed as a Flat sire by Coolmore

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Yeats to stand under Coolmore's Flat banner

OUTSTANDING stayer Yeats, who was retired to Coolmore last month following an admirable third in the Prix du Cadran, will commence his stud career next season under the Flat banner.

The announcement marks a departure from the traditional dual-purpose route taken by the majority of high-class stayers that have retired to stud in recent years.

A stud fee will be announced in the near future for the son of Sadler's Wells, who retired as the winner of 15 races - including four Ascot Gold Cups - and over £1.3m in earnings.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Yeats made an immediate impact when winning his two-year-old debut by four lengths at the Curragh. That victory immediately placed him in the Derby reckoning, and it was a status which was only strengthened early the following season when he landed the Ballysax Stakes and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

Unfortunately, a muscle problem prevented Yeats from taking up his engagement in the Derby, in which he would have probably lined up as favourite, but he returned as a four-year-old to defeat subsequent Japan Cup winner Alkaased in the Coronation Cup.

Over the next four seasons, he developed an outstanding following with the racing public by winning an unprecedented four consecutive Ascot Gold Cups. He was also successful in the Prix Royal-Oak and two renewals of the Goodwood Cup.

Bred on the same Sadler's Wells-Top Ville cross as leading sire Montjeu, Yeats is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Solksjaer - now a sire in South Africa - and out of a half-sister to Fillies Mile heroine Ivanka. His immediate family also includes the multiple stakes-winning sprinter Bahama Mama and Prix Marcel Boussac scorer Lady Of Chad.

 

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