Yeats (horse)

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Yeats 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.

Racing record

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.

Three-year-old season

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.

Four-year-old season

His next start came at Epsom in the Coronation Cup, taking on subsequent Japan Cup winner Alkaased, 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...
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