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Varsfontein-Bred Wins Aussie Gr1

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The champagne corks were popping at Varsfontein this morning when news filtered through that their Gimmethegreenlight son Surcharge, who now races under the name Yulong Prince,  won the A$1,5 million Gr1 Kennedy Cantala at Flemington.

Surcharge now Yulong Prince in his SA racing days (Pic – JC Photos)

Ridden by Damien Lane and trained by Chris Waller, the winner, an original R200 000 BSA National Yearling Sale purchase, banked over R10 million.

The victory recorded the first G1 win in Australia for Yulong’s owner Yuesheng Zhang after several seasons racing horses Down Under.

Trained here by Stuart Pettigrew, Surcharge won the 2018 Gr1 Daily News 2000, and finished runner up in all three legs of the Gauteng Triple Crown that year.

He was originally a vendor buy-back on the 2016 Val De Vie Yearling Sale.

He was then sold for R200 000 off the BSA National Yearling Sale of the same year.

The now 6yo entire was put through the ring and bought back for R550 000 by Dusty Trail Investments off the 2016 CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale.

Watch the race here:

Bred by Varsfontein Stud, he is by Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready) out of the UK-bred Congestion Charge (Diktat), who was placed over 2300m from just 4 starts.

Yulong Prince’s only Australian win prior to Saturday came 12 months ago when he won the Listed Cup Day Plate but he could win another Gr1 before the end of the year as Waller has entered him for the Hong Kong Mile at the international meeting on December 13.

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2 comments on “Varsfontein-Bred Wins Aussie Gr1

  1. Johan Taylor says:

    Yulong Prince is trained by my daughter Jo Taylor at Flemington

  2. Whilst the above news is just the kind of tonic that the South African bloodstock industry needed in these troubling times – I am astounded that there has been no mention in Sporting Post – nor anywhere else for that matter – of the G1 victory, also at Flemington, the day before SURCHARGE/YULONG PRINCE’s win, that should also have elicited local recognition and applause – as well as some ‘trumpet blowing’!

    I refer to the Coolmore Stud S.-G1 win (by 2 lengths) of SEPTEMBER RUN (AUS) – whose granddam is South African-bred former Champion 2yo Filly WARNING ZONE (by Elliodor)!

    Despite having ‘tweeted’ the following:

    Alistair Brown @Equarius_Bldstk
    A day before @YulongInvestme1’s YULONG PRINCE (SAf) won a G1 in Australia – another G1SW there also proved the value of South African blood – when September Run (AUS), the granddaughter of WARNING ZONE (SAf), won the Coolmore Stud S.-G1. South African bloodstock = best value/$ in the world! #GoSAF

    Whilst I have over 600 ‘high profile’ (mostly) followers on Twitter – my above tweet, which was further ‘good press’ for the South African Thoroughbred – when we need every bit of awareness we can generate – my received not a single ‘like’ or ‘retweet’ – which just goes to underline the apathy of the South African bloodstock industry in making as much use (free!) of the ‘social media’ platform Twitter which is standard fare for almost every major stud farm and stable in the world!

    As the old saying goes: “you snooze – you lose”!


    Race replay can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzIFVGXiU2c

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