is an Irish Thoroughbred
racehorse who won seven Group One
(G1) races and is the only horse ever to win the Ascot Gold Cup
four times in succession.
He is a bay stallion that was foaled on 23 April 2001 at Barronstown Stud
. Yeats is by Sadler's Wells
, out of Lyndonville (also owned By Barronstown Stud) by Top Ville. He is owned by Ballydoyle
and Coolmore Stud
boss John Magnier
Yeats began his racing career as a two-year-old with a win by four lengths in a maiden race, over 8 furlongs, at the Curragh.
He was unbeaten in his next two starts, including the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial
in May 2004, and was hot favourite for the Epsom Derby
, but met with a setback just days before the race and missed the rest of the season, returning almost 1 year later, finishing 2nd in a Group 3 in Ireland on heavy ground.
His next start came at Epsom
in the Coronation Cup
, taking on subsequent Japan Cup
, Bandari and dual Coronation Cup winner Warrsan
. Jockey Kieren Fallon
adopted front-running tactics on the colt, and pulled away in the final quarter-mile to win by more than 2 lengths. The win made Yeats the first Irish-based horse to win the Coronation Cup since Roberto
in 1973. Yeats attempted to follow up in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud
over the same distance, with new jockey Jimmy Fortune
adopting hold-up tactics, but they failed to... Read More