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Yeats Wins Irish Gr1 St Leger

Monday, 17th September 2007

In Ireland, top staying 6YO Irish gelding Yeats (Sadler's Wells-Lyndonville, by Top Ville) continued his unbeaten return to northern hemisphere tracks (since a failed tilt at last November's Gr1 Melbourne Cup) with his 4th victory of the European season in the prestigious €300,000 (A$480,000) Gr1 Irish St Leger (14 furlongs) at The Curragh. Yeats (ridden by Kieren Fallon for trainer Aidan O'Brien) won by a half-length from front-running 5YO entire & Gr1-winning stable-mate Scorpion (Montjeu-Ardmelody, by Law Society) with a further 4.5-lengths to Gr3-winning 3YO colt Mores Wells (Sadler's Wells-Endorsement, by Warning). At his previous starts this season, Yeats scored by 5-lengths in Ireland's Listed Vintage Crop Stakes (13 furlongs) at Navan in April & then by 6-lengths in Ireland's Listed Saval Beg Stakes (14 furlongs) at Leopardstown in May, before taking the UK Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup (2.5 miles) at Royal Ascot in June for the 2nd successive year. Last year Yeats followed his Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup triumph with a 5-lengths victory (& new course record) in the UK Gr2 Goodwood Cup (2 miles), followed by runner-up in the Gr1 Irish St Leger; in 2005 he won England's Gr1 Coronation Cup (12 furlongs) at Epsom Downs & in 2004 he won both Ireland's Gr3 Ballysax Stakes & then Gr2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

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