Yeats shows his fighting qualities

Yeats took his career earnings past the £1m mark by landing the Royal Bank of Scotland Goodwood Cup for a second time. The Aidan O'Brien-trained triple Ascot Gold Cup winner took over from the pace-setting Tungsten Strike two furlongs out and powered clear of the opposition.

Yeats took his career earnings past the £1m mark by landing the Royal Bank of Scotland Goodwood Cup for a second time.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained triple Ascot Gold Cup winner took over from the pace-setting Tungsten Strike two furlongs out and powered clear of the opposition.

The 8-15 shot was giving Johnny Murtagh a double on the day and was his fifth winner of the meeting. Tungsten Strike (33-1) hung on for second with Sagara (33-1) third. Darryll Holland set out to make the two-mile contest a real stamina test on Tungsten Strike.

Amanda Perrett's stayer, wearing cheekpieces for the first time, bowled along at the head of affairs but Murtagh soon took second place on Yeats and even allowed the leader to go five lengths clear six furlongs out. However, he mowed down Tungsten Strike in the straight going on a quarter of a mile from the finish.

Tungsten Strike stuck to his task really well but was seven lengths down at the line. Sagara was another length and a quarter back.

Murtagh said: "He's a great horse and a true warrior. The crowds turned out to see him and he didn't let them down."