Yeats: the four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner is off the mark as a stallionPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
First winner for history-making stayer Yeats
HISTORY-MAKING racehorse Yeats was represented by the first winner from his debut two-year-0ld crop on Saturday when his first runner, Dress Drive, scored on his debut over 7f at Milan.
Dress Drive, trained by Daniele Ariente for owner Enrico de Simone, is out of the Cadeaux Genereux mare Diagon Alley, a half-sister to Italian Group 3 sprint winner Morgan Drive.
A son of Sadler's Wells out of the Top Ville mare Lyndonville - so bred on the same cross as top sire Montjeu - Yeats was the ante-post favourite for the 2004 Derby after winning the Ballysax and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial impressively. But he sat out the Classic and the rest of his three-year-old season after suffering a setback.
The Ballydoyle inmate returned at four to win the Coronation Cup and at five won the first of a record four consecutive Ascot Gold Cups.
He also won on his sole start at two, in a 1m Curragh maiden in September.
Yeats covered a mix of Flat and jumps mares in his first book but now stands under the Coolmore National Hunt banner at €6,000.
His first-crop yearlings made up to 100,000gns, paid by Charles Liverton for George Herbert, a colt related to Kayf Tara and Opera House trained by Gosden for Robin Geffen.