With Teofilo and Holy Roman Emperor gone fishin’ among the three year olds, its been left to the older brigade to stand up and be counted, and the fellow that stood tallest of all this week (in his division, in the last two decades, it seems) was Solskjaer’s half brother Yeats, property of old pals David and Diane Nagel, and inevitability Mrs.Sue Magnier.
Two seasons back, Yeats revealed himself as one of the best middle distance athletes in Europe when he ran off with the laurels in the Coronation Stakes (Gr.1), and then last year, showed up as the world’s highest ranked stayer. Yet we should not mistake Yeat’s stamina for a lack of speed. He runs as well as he does over extreme distances not because he has to, but because he has the class to. Champion trainer, Aidan O’ Brien says this year “he’s been wining his races very quickly, and seems to have developed even more acceleration. He’s clearly a very classy horse and he’s getting better with age”.
Jockey Michael Kinane added “he’s developed into a beautiful individual. A horse like Yeats comes along once every 20 years, and he was already top class when I was supposed to ride him in The Derby three years ago (when injured)”.
Which leaves us with an interesting thought – just how good was Solskjaer, the kid brother? The fact both Kieran Fallon & Aidan’s wife have personally promoted his case to local breeders, probably says it all, doesn’t it?