Friday, 19 June 2009
The Ascot Gold Cup
Yesterday at Royal Ascot there occurred one of those sporting moments that live for ever in the memory of those who witness them. The long-distance stayer, Yeats, who had already won the Gold Cup three times in a row, was attempting to win for a record fourth year in succession. This beautiful horse, eight years old and trained by Aidan O'Brien in Ireland, is a great favourite with the crowd, who were willing him on, and as he swept into the lead three furlongs out the roar of cheers and encouragement could already be heard from the stands. It was a thrilling race, and Yeats triumphed with ease amid scenes of emotion and rejoicing, to enter the history books. He is exceptionally good-looking and combines his beauty with speed and stamina, a real class horse. It was a marvellous moment and a privilege to see.