His father, Sadler’s Wells, was an outstanding racehorse with an outstanding pedigree, and he has been one of the most successful stallions in world history. His mother produced a Champion and three Graded Stakes winners, and she comes from an equally distinguished background. However, none of them can claim, as Yeats can, to be the best in the world, and that’s precisely what Yeats shouted again following his victory in Saturday’s Irish St Leger (Gr.1). In the process, he notched up his 10th victory from 16 starts, including five Group Ones, and it’s little wonder he stands well clear in the International Stayers ratings. His next mission would appear to be the Melbourne Cup (Gr.1) in early November, and it will be some kind of celebration for Coolmore if they can pull this one off.
Meanwhile, back at Summerhill, we’re celebrating the arrival of the first crop of Yeats’ half brother, Solskjaer, whose first crop of foals have been the subject of plenty of superlatives not only from our team, but from visitors to the farm. Two more foals this last week, and he has yet to miss. He stamps them very much in his own mould, as they are scopey, athletic individuals with plenty of “body” on them, they have great bone and a reassuring presence. As a quality racing son of Danehill, Solskjaer is rapidly developing into as precious commodity as we have on the farm.