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Yeats to be unveiled at Ascot

The first day of the Royal Ascot meeting on Tuesday will see the unveiling of a statue one of Ascot's greatest competitors, Yeats.

Aidan O'Brien's charge set a record when landing the Gold Cup at the Royal meeting four times, and the course has commemorated his feat by commissioning sculptor Charlie Langton to create the bronze, which will be revealed in the parade ring at 2pm on Tuesday.

Langton said: "The sculpture of Yeats began last summer with a week of measuring, sketching and sculpting at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, where he stands as a stallion.

"I had my own very strong mental image of Yeats parading around the ring at Ascot to add to this information and therefore I could establish a pose that married all these elements together.

"He always carried his head in a very distinctive way and later on in his career, as his neck developed, he became instantly recognisable.

"He is beautifully proportioned. From the side he is deep and powerfully built, especially through the shoulder: he is sinuous and yet every line flows with an effortless grace. From the front he is streamlined and slender: even his ears are close together when pricked.

"I hope more than anything that my sculpture does justice to Yeats and that those who know him best will think that I have captured his presence and character."


From Belfast Telegraph