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Yeats To Stand As Coolmore Flat Stallion
In Ireland, star 8YO stayer Yeats (Sadler's Wells-Lydonville, by Top Ville) who has won the Cartier Award as Champion European Stayer for the last 3 years & was retired to Coolmore last month following a 3rd-placing in his final start in France's Gr1 Prix du Cadran (4000m) "will commence his stud career next season under the Flat banner," reported racingpost.com. The announcement "marks a departure from the traditional dual-purpose route taken by the majority of high-class stayers that have retired to stud in recent years". Yeats (who finished unplaced in the 2006 Gr1 Melbourne Cup) scored an historic 4th consecutive victory in this year's UK Gr1 Gold Cup (2.5 miles) at Royal Ascot in June & overall recorded 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 & 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) & 4 placings (also including 2007's French Gr1 Prix Du Cadran over 4000m at Longchamp & 2006's Gr1 Irish St Leger over 14 furlongs at The Curragh) for over £1.3 million (A$2.34m) earnings.