Yulong Stud are proud to announce that dual international Group 1 winner, Yulong Prince, will stand at their stud in Nagambie this coming season.
One of the best horses of his generation in South Africa winning six of 11 starts including the G1 Daily News 2000, Yulong Prince was relocated to Australia in 2019.
His victory in the G1 Kennedy Cantala Stakes during Melbourne Cup Week was very special as the first Australian Group 1 for Yulong owner Mr Yuesheng Zhang.
“Given he gave Mr Zhang his first Australian Group 1 success, it is only fitting, and very exciting, that Yulong Prince joins the stallion roster here at Yulong,” said Yulong Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray.
“Not only has the horse had great racetrack success in his early years, but he has also trained on as an older horse,” said Fairgray. “Seven of his eight placings have been in black-type company.
“We will be offering a limited number of breeding rights in the stallion, set up in a generous structure for those willing to support the horse in his first years at stud.”
Master trainer Chris Waller was glowing in his endorsement of Yulong Prince, not only as a racehorse but as a future stallion.
“Yulong Prince was a very impressive horse on two fronts,” said Chris. “Firstly, his ability to compete at a high level overseas and then come to Australia and adapt to our conditions of training and racing, once again at the highest level; a great feat not comparable by many.
“Secondly, he was a very good-looking horse with a good attitude, and obviously sound and well performed.”
Bred by South Africa’s internationally renowned Varsfontein Stud, Yulong Prince is one of 20 stakes winners by the Australian-bred son of More Than Ready (USA) Gimmethegreenlight.
A top-quality sprinter-miler, Gimmethegreenlight won six races from 1000m to 1600m. As a 2-year-old, he won his first four starts then became the first 3-year-old in 42 years to win the Gr1 Queen’s Plate.
Above: Australian bred Gimmethegreenlight is a leading sire in South Africa.
He was crowned 2016 Champion Freshman Sire in South Africa and in 2017 was the Leading Second Crop Sire, the 2018 Leading Active Sire of 3-year-olds and the 2019 Leading Active Sire by Stakes Winners.
Gimmethegreenlight’s two-time winning dam, Yes She Can Cancan (AUS) (Canny Lad), has also produced G1 Coolmore Stakes winner OfcourseIcan (Mossman). This is the same family as influential sires Kris and Diesis, successful South African sire and G1 Gran Criterium winner Count Dubois, and Irish 2000 Guineas hero Indian Haven.
“There is a lot to like in regard to Yulong Prince’s pedigree and it has a strong Australian flavour,” said Troy Stephens, Nominations and Sales Manager. “Our yearling sales are now so focused around type and being such a good-looking horse, we really think breeders are going to warm to him.”
Troy Stephens, Nominations and Sales Manager
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