The opening 2YO race at Moonee Valley on Friday night was always going to be highly competitive with a massive double VOBIS bonus of $35,000 on offer.
But it was Yulong Monoceros, the Yu Long Investments owned daughter of Squamosa who toughed it out to win not only her share of the $50,000 in prizemoney as well as a further $24,500 in VOBIS bonuses.
Aaron Purcell’s stable representative, David Eustace, praised the little filly for her tough rails run win.
“She was only a cheap purchase, but she is now very valuable. They went lickity split for her at the start, but she has a great engine and got up on the line.”
Yu Long Investments paid just $27,000 for the Squamosa filly out of Yarran Thoroughbreds’ draft at last year’s Inglis Premier Sale.
The breeder of Yulong Monoceros, Bendigo based Ross Smith, was delighted that she has turned into such a high-quality galloper.
The Moonee Valley winner is out of his Cape Cross (Ire) mare, I’m Taken, who is a half-sister to Group 2 Avondale Guineas winner Pulcinella. Yulong Monoceros is her first winner.
“It was a thrill to go and see her race in the spring, and being just a small breeder, the best part of Friday night was that now she is a city winner, she has now herself life as a broodmare,” Smith said.
“I like dabbling in pedigrees and she caught my eye as I wanted a Cape Cross mare to breed to Canford Cliffs. I purchased her after the Inglis Broodmare sale online from James Douglas for only $3000 already in foal to Squamosa.
“The cross checked out quite well with Squamosa, so I sent her over to Blue Gum Farm to foal and then go to Canford Cliffs.
“Meagan Strickland Wood did a brilliant job weaning her at Yarran, before she was prepped beautifully for the Premier sale.
“She was a magnificent yearling, and grown out well, but due to a small issue on her x-rays she was sold quite cheaply.”
Owned by Chinese business person Mr Zhang Yue Sheng, the Victorian based Yu Long Investments are big supporters of the Aaron Purcell stable, with around a dozen gallopers in work.
Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray was pleased to see Yulong Monoceros claim her maiden city win in a highly competitive field due to the lucrative VOBIS bonuses on offer.
“She was up and going early as a two-ear-old with her first two races being at stakes level,” Fairgray said.
“There will be a nice stakes race in Adelaide on the 14th of April that she will now be aimed at some valuable black-type.
“Mr Zhang was there (at Moonee Valley) and very happy to see her win, and having only paid $27,000, the prize money and the generous VOBIS bonus mean she has well and truly paid for herself.”