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Yeats Final Start In French Gr1 Cadran
Also in France, champion Irish stayer Yeats (Sadler's Wells-Lydonville, by Top Ville) "will have the final run of his illustrious career" in Sunday's Gr1 Prix du Cadran (4000m) at Longchamp in Paris, reported racingpost.com. Ballydoyle-trained Yeats has won the Cartier Award as Champion European Stayer for the last 3 years & scored an historic 4th consecutive victory in this year's UK Gr1 Gold Cup (2.5 miles) at Royal Ascot in June. Yeats (who finished unplaced in the 2006 Gr1 Melbourne Cup) boasts 15 wins (also including the 2006, 2007 & 2008 renewals of the Ascot Gold Cup, plus 2008's French Gr1 Prix Royal Oak-French St Leger over 3100m at Longchamp & the UK Gr2 Goodwood Cup over 2 miles, as well as 2007's Gr1 Irish St Leger over 14 furlongs at The Curragh, Irish Listed Vintage Crop Stakes over 13 furlongs at Navan & Irish Listed Saval Beg Stakes over 14 furlongs at Leopardstown, in addition to 2006's UK Gr2 Goodwood Cup over 2 miles, 2005's UK Gr1 Coronation Cup over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs & both 2004's Irish Gr3 Ballysax Stakes & Gr2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial) & 3 placings (including 2007's French Gr1 Prix Du Cadran over 4000m at Longchamp & 2006's Gr1 Irish St Leger over 14 furlongs at The Curragh) in his illustrious career.