ROYAL ASCOT 2008 Date:
Tuesday 17-Saturday 21 June First race: 1430 BST Coverage: Live on BBC One (1345-1520) and BBC Two (1520-1715), BBC Radio Five Live and the BBC Sport website
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Yeats may be back for a fourth tilt in 2009
Irish raider Yeats became only the second horse to win three successive Gold Cups at Ascot on Thursday.
Yeats was challenged by last year's runner-up Geordieland and previously unbeaten French horse Coastal Path but eventually finished five lengths clear.
Yeats, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, also became the first seven-year-old to win the race since Drum Taps in 1993.
The only other three-time winner before the Aidan O'Brien-trained champion was Sagaro between 1975 and 1977.
Yeats, the 11-8 favourite, took up the running in the two-and-a-half mile marathon turning into the straight, but was quickly joined by 15-2 third favourite Geordieland.
Shane Kelly's mount looked like he might get the better of the tussle, but Yeats dug deep into his reserves and gradually drew away to seal the historic win.
Interview: Aidan O'Brien and Johnny Murtagh
O'Brien and Murtagh have now picked up three of the four Group One races on offer during the first two days of the meeting, having already landed the Queen Anne Stakes, the St James' Palace Stakes and the Prince of Wales Stakes.
"I didn't really think it could happen," O'Brien told BBC Sport. "It's incredible, it's marvellous.
"To come here and win it a second year and then a third is just beyond belief.
"Whether he comes back next year [Yeats is 3-1 to add a fourth] depends on the boss man [owner John Magnier] because there will come a time when we need to preserve his genes.
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