Yeats steals his fourth Gold Cup
Yeats wins historic 4th Gold Cup at Ascot
Yeats has made a slice of British horse racing history by winning the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for the fourth time.
With Johnny Murtagh in the saddle, the eight-year-old was tucked in behind the early leaders before surging through to open up a commanding lead in Thursday’s race.
Yeats finished comfortably, three lengths ahead of Patkai, ridden by Ryan Moore. Geordieland, runner-up for the last two years, finished a distant third.
Yeats’ trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “Unbelievable, that’s all I can say. I was so sick this morning as I really believed this couldn’t happen.
“History is very hard to change, we knew we had a wonderful horse but usually fairytales don’t come true. You dream and dream and dream, we were in this position and we never would be again – great things can happen…I want to say a big thanks to everyone involved.”