Boutique Wangaratta breeders Allan and Cheryl Price were happy campers after win on debut by the Yulong owned, Ciaron Maher/David Eustace trained colt Yulong January in the first at Swan Hill last Monday.
The bay colt jumped well and settled outside the co-leader before forging away over the last 150 metres to win by two lengths with something in hand.
The win also demonstrated the enormous value of having Zhang Yuesheng’s Yulong Investments, a major new Chinese investor in Australian racing and breeding, headquartered in Victoria. While Yulong have purchased at the top end at yearling sales over recent years, they have also been a prolific buyer of lesser profile Victorian bred yearlings.
This was the fourth win from as many starters for the Price’s broodmare Duty With Honour, a city winner herself and whose brother to Yulong January in Justify That was a dual stakes-winner of over half a million dollars.
Yulong January is by the Greta West stallion King of Prussia, and was reared by Bucklee farm’s Leeanne Smith.
Allan and Cheryl give great credit to the McCarthys at Greta West as well as Smith and her devoted staff at Bucklee Farm, recommending both establishments to anyone looking for superior care of their broodmares, foals, yearlings or spellers.
The colt was purchased by Mr Zhang for just $20,000 at the Inglis Premier Sale in 2017. Allan indicated that an adverse X-ray of the stifle was part of the reason for that low price, however Allan and Cheryl could hardly stifle a smile after the colt’s decisive win!
The mare’s two-year-old Cluster colt is currently returning to work with leading Goulburn trainer Danny Williams. Williams, who has a high opinion of the youngster, was quick to nominate him for both VOBIS Gold and Magic Millions.
The win provided welcome compensation for the Prices, as their triple stake-winning home-bred 3YO Money Maher (Al Maher) unfortunately tore a suspensory ligament in the South Australian Derby and faces a long rehabilitation.
But, as Allan Price, reflected, “that’s all just part and parcel of the breeding business, you need to put the hits behind you and forever look to the future.”