Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fallon Ban Won't Hold Back Yeats

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fallon Ban Won't Hold Back Yeats

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Byline: Racing Preview

Kieren Fallon's absence should not put off those wishing to invest in Yeats to claim the ABN Amro Goodwood Cup tomorrow (3.15).

The six-times champion jockey being banned from riding in Britain is obviously a major blow for Ballydoyle, but it is not likely to be detrimental in their quest to land the two-mile feature of the Glorious meeting.

And in any case Mick Kinane is no stranger to the Sadler's Wells entire as he partnered him to success at the Curragh on his racecourse debut in September 2003.

Aidan O'Brien does not normally make his presence felt in the staying division, but he has clearly nurtured a horse to keep on the right side of in these races given the efficiency of his Gold Cup success at Royal Ascot.

The one-time Derby favourite never looked like being beaten and his class told as he came home in an inspiring four-length success from Reefscape.

That performance was all the more noteworthy given it was his first outing since October 2005.

Worryingly for his rivals, the five-year-old has relatively few miles on the clock so is still open to more improvement before a possible crack at the Melbourne Cup later in the year.

The drop back in trip will only play to his strengths and it is hard to see him being beaten.

La Cucaracha can atone for her lacklustre display at Newmarket in the Group Three Audi Stakes (2.40).

Big things were expected of Barry Hills' mare on the back of her decent effort from a bad draw in the King's Stand at the Royal fixture.

She ran no kind of race in the July Cup, however, weakening inside the sixth furlong to finish 11th behind Les Arcs.

Only beaten around five lengths, she did not have a hard race and returns to a five-furlong trip, which yielded a fantastic victory in the Nunthorpe last summer.

Irish Oaks runner-up Scottish Stage sets the standard in the Group Three Lillie Langtry Fillies' Stakes (2. …

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