Yeats wins second Gold Cup

Hot favourite Yeats completed back-to-back victories in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with a performance packed full of class today.

Hot favourite Yeats completed back-to-back victories in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with a performance packed full of class today.

The 8-13 market leader stormed into the lead early in the straight under Mick Kinane and quickly put daylight between himself and his rivals.

Geordieland (12-1) came out of the pack, but Aidan O'Brien's top-class stayer held him by a length and a half. Le Miracle (50-1) was three and a half lengths back in third.

Sergeant Cecil, the people's favourite, was virtually pulled up in last place.

French raider Lord Du Sud led in the early stages from The Last Drop and Tungsten Strike, with Yeats settled in midfield and Geordieland held up at the rear of the pack.

The runners were well stretched out with a mile and a half to go and there was little change in the order until six furlongs out when the field bunched up and the race began in earnest.

Lord Du Sud still led turning for home, but Yeats quickly burst to the head of affairs to stamp his authority on the race.

The six-year-old stayed on strongly to become the 10th horse to win the Gold Cup more than once.

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