Yulong Celebrates a Group 1 with Yulong Prince

Mark Smith - Saturday October 31

A Group 1 winner in South Africa, Yulong Prince (SAF) is now a Group 1 winner in Australia after luck finally went his way in Saturday’s $1,500,000 Group 1 Kennedy Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.  

Yulong Prince gets his Group 1 in Oz  (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

It was the fourth win in the race for trainer Chris Waller while it was a first Group 1 in Australia for Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang who has poured a fortune in to bloodstock around the world in recent times.

Damian lane timed his run to perfection on Yulong Prince (SAF) who held the challenge of the fast-finishing Cascadian (GB) (New Approach) by a half-neck with Rock (Pierro) a half-length back in third.

"He didn't step that great, so from there I did need some tempo, and with the nice tracking, he really let rip off that tempo," Lane told racing.com.


t;I got to the front quite early, too. I could hear (Damien Oliver aboard Cascadian) Ollie's yelling. His very distinctive voice was coming from behind.

"Normally once you hear it he gets you but it was good that he (Yulong Prince) knuckled down and fought it out for the win. I got a rare one up on him there.

“I'm thrilled to get that win for Chris Waller and the team. Jo Taylor, who works with the horses here, I do a bit of work with the team. It's good to get these up."

Waller’s Melbourne representative Jo Taylor said she was thrilled for Zhang.

"It's a Group 1 for Yulong and Mr Zhang and it's just fantastic to get that on the board," she said.

"Mr Zhang is investing so much money in racing. He is a big supporter of ours, not just us, but racing in Australia. They are deserving of these big results.

"You can't say enough about Chris Waller and the way he manages these horses and their careers. He is certainly a cut above the rest."

The only previous win by Yulong Prince (SAF) in Australia came in the Listed Cup Day Plate at Flemington almost 12 months ago.

Yulong Prince (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

Yulong Prince’s sire Gimmethegreenlight is an Australian-bred son of More Than Ready (USA).

Winner of the Group 1 Kenilworth Queen's Plate Gimmethegreenlight is a half-brother to Group 1 ATC Coolmore Classic winner Ofcourseican.

Bred by David Bentata, Gimmethegreenlight was a $155,000 Magic Millions Weanling purchase from the Vinery Stud draft for Hassen Adams on the advice of bloodstock agent James Bester.

He was champion first season sire in 2015-2016 and is currently second on the general sires list.

The dam of Yulong Prince, the Diktat mare Congestion Charge, is a three-quarter-sister to Group III Royal Ascot Queen's Vase Stakes winner Endorsement who is the dam of multiple Group III winner and multiple Group 1 placed More’s Wells (Sadler’s Wells).


Race Result - Kennedy Cantala Gr1 1600m

Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 1:34.57
Yulong Prince
T: C J Waller J: Damian Lane 55
6h Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) x Congestion Charge (GB) (Diktat (GB))
T: James Cummings J: D Oliver 54.5
6g New Approach (IRE) x Falls Of Lora (IRE) (Street Cry (IRE))
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Michael Poy 54
5g Pierro (AUS) x Subtitle (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Hawkes Racing
Age Of Chivalry
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: D Moor 53
5g He's Remarkable (NZ) x Onyx (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $50,000
B: Henry Plumptre
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $4,000
V:Mapperley Stud Ltd
B: Suncroft Bloodstock
Fifty Stars
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: John Allen 58
6h Sea The Stars (IRE) x Swizzle Stick (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 56
6h Declaration Of War (USA) x Super Pie (USA) (Pivotal (GB))
I Am Superman
T: P & P Snowden J: Jye McNeil 54
5h Footstepsinthesand (GB) x Fastnet Lady (IRE) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Streets Of Avalon
T: S P Nichols J: Zac Spain 54
6g Magnus (AUS) x Kamuniak (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
T: G M Begg J: Jordan Childs 53.5
4g Rebel Raider (AUS) x Good Thinking (AUS) (Hold That Tiger (USA))
Best Of Days
T: James Cummings J: B Melham 55
7g Azamour (IRE) x Baisse (GB) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Wild Planet
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: W Pike 55
5g Animal Kingdom (USA) x Salutations (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $280,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: Hawkes Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock
King's Legacy
T: P & P Snowden J: G Boss 51
3c Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Breakfast In Bed (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $1,400,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW
B: James Harron Bloodstock
Mr Quickie
T: P Stokes J: Jamie Kah 58
5g Shamus Award (AUS) x Special Favour (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $115,000
V:Rosemont Stud Gnarwarre Vic
B: Dalziel Racing
Chief Ironside
T: K A Lees J: K Mc Evoy 53
6h Lawman (FR) x Moment Of Time (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Buffalo River
T: M D Moroney J: Craig Williams 53
5g Noble Mission (GB) x Fashion Insider (USA) (Indian Charlie (USA))
The Velvet King
T: P G Moody J: L Nolen 53.5
5g Universal Ruler (AUS) x Doubleblack Velvet (AUS) (Show A Heart (AUS))
Stallion Parade
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