Yeats, a three-time Cartier Award-winning stayer, will stand in 2010 as a flat stallion at John Magnier and partners’ Coolmore Stud in Ireland instead of as a National Hunt stallion at the farm as previously announced. The 8-year-old son of pensioned Coolmore stallion Sadler’s Wells was retired after running third in the Oct. 4 Qatar Prix du Cadran (Fr-I).
Yeats, a champion stayer in England, Ireland, and France, made history this year with an unprecedented fourth consecutive triumph in the 2 1/2-mile Gold Cup (Eng-I) for Magnier’s wife, Sue, and Diane Nagle.
During his career, Yeats also won such other lengthy events as the Prix Royal-Oak (Fr-I), the Coronation Cup (Eng-I), and the Irish Field St. Leger (Ire-I). He retired with 15 wins from 26 starts and earnings of $2,530,218.
Bred in Ireland by Barronstown Stud, owned by Diane and David Nagle, and Orpendale, Yeats is one of three stakes winners out of the Top Ville mare Lyndonville and carries the same Sadler’s Wells/Top Ville cross as major Coolmore stallion Montjeu.