South African Gr1 Daily News winner Surcharge, re-named Yulong Prince after changing hands in August 2018, delighted his many South African fans when he posted a thrilling win in 2019 Listed Furphy Plate (AU$176,000) over 1800m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
In the third-last race of the day – the first after the Melbourne Cup itself – Yulong Prince (10-1), trained by Chris Waller and ridden by Nash Rawiller, produced a storming late run to get up on the line from the favourite, Looks Like Elvis.
Yulong Prince is now owned by Yulong Stables, the racing interest of Chinese coal mining magnate, windfarm and hotel billionaire Zhang Yuesheng, who purchased him for a spell in Dubai with Mike de Kock before transferring him to Waller in Australia.
Yulong Prince won in a similar way he won most of his races in his land of birth – coming from off the pace with his known acceleration, his flashy black coat and white hind socks.
“I am so proud,” said Yulong Prince’s original trainer Stuart Pettigrew, who bought Surcharge for owner Ian van Schalkwyk at the 2016 CTS Ready To Run Sale, paying R550,000.
The horse that Pettigrew described at the start of his career as one that “walks like a leopard and runs like a cheetah”, has now won the equivalent of approximately ZAR4,5-million.
“I knew he’d run well over 1800m on the long Flemington straight,” added Pettigrew. “He means so much to me and this is a big day for South African racing, for SA bred runners. Yulong Prince made a lot of people very happy.”
Surcharge was bred by Varsfontein Stud, a son of Gimmethegreenlight from Congestion Charge, by Diktat.