The former Stuart Pettigrew-trained Surcharge, now known as Yulong Prince and trained by NZ and Australian Hall of Famer Chris Waller, won a listed race at yesterday’s Melbourne Cup meeting at Flemington.
The Varsfontein Stud-bred Gimmethegreenlight five-year-old entire was in an awkward spot nearing the top of the straight, in last place and trapped on the rail in the one mile one furlong Furphy Plate, a handicap contested by 12 horses in which he was joint top weight.
However, jockey Nash Rawiller was able to switch him outward and get him through a gap.
Once in the clear he showed his class and stretched out impressively. He got up by a head.
He returned odds of 17/2 as his previous overseas form, consisting of two races in Dubai and three in Australia had not yielded a place, although they were in a higher class including two Group 1s.
Yulong Prince always showed tremendous class in South Africa where he infamously had to contend with a spate of bad draws.
He is one to follow as he could build on this win.
By David Thiselton