This was what one of the worlds most read racing magazines, Pacemaker (July 2007), had to say regarding Solskjaer’s half brother Yeats following his big win in Royal Ascot’s showpiece, The Gold Cup (Gr.1) :

YeatsYeats (Photo Horsephotos/TDN)“There was a further repeat winner from yet another six-year-old on the Thursday, when Yeats confirmed that he is one of the classiest stayers in years by following up last years impressive win in the Gold Cup (G1) with another superb performance.

Dual winners of the Gold Cup are almost two a penny, for Le Moss, Ardross, Gildoran, Sadeem, Drum Taps, Kayf Tara and Royal Rebel have all won the race twice in the last 30 or so years. However, Yeats’ defeat of Geordieland raised the real possibility of a third successive win in 2008, and that is an achievement so far managed only by the brilliant French stayer Sagaro since the race was founded in 1807.

It was not so much what Yeats did – the winning margin of a length and a half was considerably smaller than in 2006 – but the way in which he did it, for he settled the issue in strides approaching the 2f marker, and once he was in front he was always holding the late effort of Geordieland, on whom exaggerated waiting tactics yielded a career-best effort.

Aidan O’Brien reckons Yeats has found more speed this year – remember he was a Group 1 winner over 1m4f two years ago and a one-time Derby favourite – and he clearly still has a terrific appetite for racing.

If he remains sound he ought to take a deal of beating at Royal Ascot in 2008.”

Courtesy Pacemaker (July 2007)