Top-class six-year-old Yulong Prince, a graduate of the 2016 National Yearling Sale, made headlines in Australia on Saturday when he won the G1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) at Flemington racecourse.
Yulong Prince, whose success provided a first G1 win in Australia for Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang, enjoyed a change of luck in Saturday’s $1 500 000 race, and provided trainer Chris Waller with a second G1 win on the day, and a fourth win overall in the Cantala Stakes.
Winning jockey Damian Lane timed his run to perfection on Yulong Prince who held the challenge of the fast-finishing Cascadian by a half-neck with Rock a half-length back in third.
Yulong Prince has now won twice in Australia, with his previous success coming in the 2019 Furphy Plate.
The entire, who raced in South Africa under the name of Surcharge where his wins included the 2018 G1 Daily News 2000 and 2017 Secretariat Stakes, was a R200 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale and he is yet another feather for his breeder Varsfontein Stud, who have enjoyed a truly outstanding past 12 months. He passed through the Cape Yearling Sale as Lot 1 without getting a bid.
He was produced by the Diktat mare Congestion Charge, a three-parts sister to G3 Queens Vase winner Endorsement, and hails from the family of successful South African sire Count Dubois among others.
Yulong Prince’s bang in-form sire Gimmethegreenlight has an exceptional draft on offer at this year’s Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, with the Varsfontein Stud resident’s 14 strong draft including a half-brother (Lot 63) to South African Horse Of The Year Legislate, a half-brother (Lot 161) to the exciting Malmoos, a filly (Lot 255) out of the Oaks winning Princess Of Light, and a colt (Lot 311) out of Jet Master’s G1 winning daughter Soft Landing.
This year’s Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale is set to take place in Germiston on November 12th and 13th, and the catalogue can be viewed online at www.bsa.co.za