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Yeats (above) and Soldier Of Fortune may stay at Ballydoyle for 2009

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  


Ballydoyle duo likely
to stay in training

 By Tony O'Hehir9.41AM 28 OCT 2008 

YEATS, who gave Aidan O'Brien his 22nd Group 1 of the season when landing the Prix Royal Oak at Longchamp on Sunday, is almost certain to be kept in training next season when a bid for an historic fourth Ascot Gold Cup win will be his main target.

O'Brien also indicated that Soldier Of Fortune is likely to remain in training next year. The dual Group 1 winner, who landed last year's Irish Derbyand the Coronation Cup this year, finished third in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe early this month before bowing out for the season when finishing fourth behind Conduit in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Speaking inMelbourne on Tuesday morning, O'Brien said: " I'm told from home that Yeats is fine after his win in France and the plan is to race on with him next year once he stays healthy and well.

"Obviously we would all love to try and win a fourth Ascot Gold Cup with him and, hopefully, we will be able to do that."

His Prix Royal Oak victory was the seven-year-old entire's sixth Group 1 win following his three Ascot Gold Cup victories and successes in the 2005 Coronation Cup and the 2007 Irish Field St Leger.

"With hindsight having only three weeks between the Arc and the Turf was probably a bit tight for him and Johnny [Murtagh] said the horse justran a bit flat on Saturday. The intention is to keep him in training next year " O'Brien said.




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