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3/2/2020 Yes Yes Yes retirement follows ancestry

Whilst the retirement of Yes Yes Yes came as a minor surprise on Monday morning, three generations of his pedigree foreshadowed a brief stint on the racetrack with success as a stallion thereafter. 

The great grand sire of Yes Yes Yes is American-bred racehorse Fairy King who raced just once for legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien in Ireland.

Fairy King finished last of 11 runners on debut over 1200 metres in a Listed race in April 1985 and was immediately retired, breaking down with damage to a bone in his foot.

Fairy King stood at Coolmore Stud at Ireland and shuttled to Australia twice in 1992 and 1996. It was his first visit when serving Star Way mare Shoal Creek that Encosta De Lago was produced. Fairy King sired 73 stakes winners, 395 overall, and was crowned France's leading sire in 1996.

Encosta De Lago, the grand sire of Yes Yes Yes, ended his career after eight starts, winning three times. His lone Group 1 win came in the 1996 Vic Health Cup (1400m) – now known as the Rupert Clarke Stakes – when beating older rivals.

Encosta De Lago ran his final race during the Melbourne Cup carnival later that year – finishing eighth in the Group 1 Salinger (1200m). He was Australia's leading sire twice, in 2007/08 and 2008/09.

Rubick won three of eight starts just like his sire Encosta De Lago but retired minus success at the elite level. His greatest moment on the racetrack came when winning the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) before running his final race as an autumn three-year-old in April 2015.

Yes Yes Yes is one of two stakes winners for young stallion Rubick – his oldest progeny aged three – and just like his past two paternal ancestors also raced on eight occasions.

Yes Yes Yes, along with Fairy King and Rubick, retired without a win at Group 1 level, finishing second in last year's Golden Rose. But he enters Coolmore Stud in the Hunter Valley with the notoriety of winning Australia's richest race – the $14m Everest (1200m) at Randwick last October.