Solskjaer’s brother - YEATS - was yet again in the news yesterday after his course record victory in the Gr 2 ABN Amro Goodwood Cup. The following report is penned by Martin Kelly of PA Sports.
Yeats confirmed himself as the major force of the staying division when following up his Royal Ascot victory with an equally emphatic success in the ABN Amro Goodwood Cup.
The one-time Derby favourite had relished his first crack at a marathon distance when sluicing up in the Gold Cup in June and repeated the trick in the feature race of the Glorious meeting.
Ridden by former Ballydoyle stable jockey Mick Kinane in the absence of Kieren Fallon, Yeats travelled sweetly throughout the two-mile contest and his imposing figure could be spotted easily at the top of the hill as they turned for home.
The heavily-backed 10-11 favourite glided to the head of the pack soon after and readily went clear to record a five-length victory, shaving a fraction off the course record in the process.
Geordieland (16-1) excelled on his first start for Jamie Osborne in filling the second spot under Frankie Dettori, while Tungsten Strike (25-1) was a further three and a half lengths back in third.
Yeats was the first since Double Trigger in 1995 to pull off the Ascot-Goodwood double and hailing from the County Limerick yard of Aidan O’Brien, he becomes the second Irish winner.
The trainer said: “We saw how easy he won at Ascot and obviously there were a few different questions to answer today. Mick hadn’t ridden him since he won his maiden at two and it was a different track, so all those things you have to take into consideration.
“Mick said he was very impressed with him and he’s a Coronation Cup winner, so obviously he isn’t short of class. He also won a Derrinstown Derby Trial at three.
“It’s exciting to be planning a campaign for a horse like this and credit must go to the owners for keeping him in training.
“We decided early in the year to go down this route and train him for the Cup races, and it is lucky we went that way.
“He is a class horse and when you get a horse like him that stays the trip it makes a difference.
“We would hope to look at the Irish Leger and we will have to see after that. He is in the Melbourne Cup, but we don’t want to take too many risks this early with him.
“We would love to keep this fellow around for the next couple of years so he might not go there this year.”
Although now a five-year-old, Yeats was enjoying just his 10th career start on the Sussex Downs having been plagued by injury in his early days.
O’Brien added: “Every horse is different and it has taken a couple of years to find the key to this horse.
“We might have overtrained him at three, got him back at four and he is five now - so it only took us three years to get it right!
“But he has had problems and it is all credit to the lads at home who have done a great job with him and made this happen.”
Kinane said: “He’s definitely a very classy individual - probably the best stayer I have ridden.
“Ground would be everything (if he were to go for the Melbourne Cup). Firm is firm in Melbourne and that would be a shade worrying.
“Weight wouldn’t be a worry. He’s a big strapping horse, he carried plenty of weight and broke the track record so it’s not an inconvenience to him.”
Osborne was thrilled with Geordieland, who only joined his stable less than eight weeks ago.
“He hasn’t run beyond a mile and a half in France. It was a big risk coming here first time out but he’s finished second to probably one of the great staying performances,” he said
“He is in the Ebor off 108 and has run above that here. He travelled with a lot of class and if you take Yeats out he would have won it decisively.
“We want to go for the Melbourne Cup and take in the Caulfield Cup on the way.”
Stan James and Paddy Power cut him to 14 from 33s from the Melbourne Cup, while the latter left Yeats unchanged at 10-1 for the same race.
Tungsten Strike’s trainer Amanda Perrett said: “He didn’t get the trip in the Gold Cup. He might go for the Lonsdale at York but there aren’t many options for him.”
Sergeant Cecil took fourth and his jockey Alan Munro said: “He always runs his race. We rode him deliberately through the pack but we got a little bit held up.
“There was a gap, but I didn’t get there quick enough and it closed on me. He’s had a chequered run through, but he’s got fourth and done us proud again.”
Trainer Rod Millman reported Sergeant Cecil had returned with a cut leg.
“He’s cut his leg so we’ll see how he is when we get him home,” he said.
“I suppose he’ll go to York for the Lonsdale then the Doncaster Cup or we could drop him back in trip for the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury.”
SOURCE : Martin Kelly, PA Sport