Yeats and ole gunnar solskjaer
Yeats and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 

Manchester United’s surge towards another European Championship after last night’s victory over Barca, reminds us all of their first big win in this competition some years back, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knocked in three goals to grab the silver. It was the year Coolmore acquired their 32% holding in Manchester United, and they celebrated by naming their two best juveniles after the club’s two best players, one of whom was Solskjaer. The equine version earned himself a 120lb Timeform rating, despite an injury plagued career, and in 2007 he delivered one of the most memorable first crops of foals we’ve known at Summerill.

On Sunday his celebrated Champion brother, Yeats, made a victorious seasonal return to racing, by picking up his second consecutive Vintage Crop Stakes at Ireland’s Curragh racecourse. Here is the report:

Yeats appeared better than ever last season, taking his second consecutive Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup in June and the Gr1 Irish St Leger at The Curragh in September. He may have been disappointing when only third on his final start in Longchamp’s G1 Prix du Cadran in October, but he showed the spark remained with a return success here. Stalking the adequate early pace in second, the imposing bay was asked to take the initiative passing the quarter pole and was headed by Red Moloney soon after. Battling back against the fence, the famed homebred regained the advantage 100 yards from the post.”

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Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News