Favored for Epsom, Yeats Debuts at Curragh
Updated: Sunday, September 21, 2003 7:17 PM
Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2003 7:17 PM
Irish fans got a glimpse of the early favorite for next year's Vodafone Derby when Yeats won his career debut for trainer Aidan O'Brien at The Curragh Sunday.
Yeats was cut for Epsom to 16-1 by a major book after his easy four-length win in the one-mile Korean Racing Association EBF 2-Year-Old Maiden.
O'Brien said he will use the same schedule for the son of Sadler's Wells that he used for 2001 dual Derby winner Galileo. Ridden by Mick Kinane rode Yeats, who went to the front three furlongs from home and was never challenged.
"This colt is a beauty," O'Brien told The Racing Post
. "He's been a proper horse all the way at home. It was always going to the same as Galileo with this fellow - one run and then put him away until next season.
"If we get him through the winter OK then we'll go the Galileo route with him early next season, starting off in the Ballysax and then taking in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.
Sue Magnier and Diane Nagle own the colt in partnership.
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