Former Bloodstock South Africa graduate Yulong Prince, who raced in South Africa under the name of Surcharge, picked up his first Australian victory on Tuesday when he won the Listed Furphy Plate at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Nash Rawiller.
One of three winners on the day for his jockey, the five-year-old Yulong Investments owned Yulong Prince recorded a courageous neck win in Tuesday’s eighth race, the Listed Furphy Plate when accounting for runner up Looks Like Elvis and third-place finisher So You Win respectively.
The Varsfontein Stud bred entire was making his fifth start in Australia for his trainer, with Yulong Prince having finished fifth in the Gr3 Coongy Cup at his previous start.
Formerly in the care of Stuart Pettigrew and then Mike de Kock, Yulong Prince has now won seven of 18 outings, and he holds an entry for the upcoming Gr1 Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes – a race worth AUS$2 000 000!
Yulong Prince was a R200 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale.
His Varsfontein Stud based sire Gimmethegreenlight has been in devastating form in recent weeks, with his recent star performers including Gr2 Western Cape Fillies Championship winner Third Runway and Saturday’s Gr2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile winner Barahin.
Yulong Prince, originally offered for sale on the 2016 Val De Vie Yearling Sale, is out of the twice placed Diktat mare Congestion Charge, and his close relatives including successful South African sire Count Dubois, Irish 2000 Guineas hero Indian Haven, and Italian classic heroine Evading Tempete.