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Yulong Prince Scores At Flemington

The Varsfontein Stud bred Yulong Prince, who raced so successfully under the name of Surcharge in South Africa, got off the mark in Australia on Tuesday when scoring at Flemington on Lexus Melbourne Cup day.

The Chris Waller trained five-year-old recorded a courageous neck win in Tuesday’s eighth race, the Listed Furphy Plate when accounting for Looks Like Elvis (second) and So You Win (third) respectively.

In the third-last race of the day – the first after the Melbourne Cup itself – there was early drama as strong favourite Junipal appeared unsettled in the stalls of the 1800m contest and the latter eventually ran unplaced.

Still an entire, Yulong Prince was one of three winners on the day for in-form jockey Nash Rawiller.

Now a winner of seven of his 18 starts, the Yu Long Investments owned Yulong Prince was making his fifth start in Australia, having finished fifth last time out in the G3 Coongy Cup, when beaten just over three and a half lengths by Wolfe.

One of 20 stakes winners sired by Varsfontein’s G1 winning More Than Ready sire Gimmethegreenlight (whose son Barahin captured Saturday’s G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein), Yulong Prince was one of the best horses of his generation in South Africa, winning six of 11 starts, including the G1 Daily News 2000, G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes, and Listed Secretariat Stakes.

Out of the placed Diktat mare Congestion Charge, and a half-brother to four winners, Yulong Prince is from the same family as champions, and influential sires, Kris and Diesis, successful South African sire, and G1 Gran Criterium winner, Count Dubois and Irish 2000 Guineas hero Indian Haven to name but a few.