YULONG PRINCE (SURCHARGE)
Yulong Prince, who raced in South Arica as Surcharge, is one of five runners trainer Chris Waller will saddle in Saturday’s Listed Gosford Gold Cup at Randwick.
The race is off at 7.20am South African time and will be shown on Tellytrack (DSTV Channel 239).
Middle distance gallopers have been the bread and butter of the Waller stable for the past two decades so it’s incredible to think he has only won one Gosford Gold Cup.
That may change come Saturday afternoon. “You can have as many runners as you like but if they aren’t good enough it doesn’t help you,” Chris Waller told Racenet on Friday morning.
Waller’s only success in the Gosford Cup came in 2013 with the import Moriarty ridden by Hugh Bowman.
Bowman is riding the second longest priced runner of Waller’s five this weekend The Lord Mayor ($23) who is second up from a short break but will appreciate the jump from 1400m to 2000m.
“The Lord Mayor is at his best distance so he can improve sharply from his first up run,” Waller said. “They just went too fast for him first up over at 1400m and he never got a chance to find his rhythm. Hugh goes on board and the way he is riding at the moment you’d be brave to say he couldn’t win.”
Waller’s other runners are Yulong Prince (Nash Rawiller), Shraaoh (Sam Clipperton), Brimham Rocks (James McDonald) and Another Dollar (Glen Boss).
“Yulong Prince is a quality horse,” Waller said. “He is still settling into Australian racing so I have no doubt his best is still ahead of him.
“He shows us a lot and with another preparation under his belt he will be a serious horse in some nice races. From a better barrier (No 5) this weekend than he had last start he should get an economical run and he looks one of my better chances.
He was very good three runs back when narrowly beaten in the Group ll Ajax before a solid effort in the Group l Doncaster before being swamped late. In his last start he had no luck at all when caught wide and was back in a slowly run race. in spite of all that he was beaten just over three lengths.
He has a good barrier gate on what should be an ideal track on Saturday.
Waller continued: “Shraaoh is first up and it’s probably hard to say he can win but I think he will run better than his past few runs. Everything came so quickly for him when he arrived in Australia.
“He was able to win on Melbourne Cup day then win the Sydney Cup in the autumn but last spring he never came up so we gave him a nice long break to recharge the batteries.
“James McDonald will ride Brimham Rocks who is certainly capable of running a good race. His first up run in the Hawkesbury Cup was very good. He was very strong through the line and has taken a lot of benefit from that run, he’ll need a J Mac special from the draw but he’s ready to run well.
“Big race Bossy (Glen Boss) rides Another Dollar, who may have surprised a few in the Hawkesbury Cup when she was only narrowly beaten. But we knew she was fit and healthy so it was great to see her run so well.
“She doesn’t win out of turn but I couldn’t find a reason to say she won’t run well. She has come on from the Hawkesbury Cup run and won’t mind the step up in distance.”
So, which one is your best chance we asked the leading trainer?
“I will leave that to the punters,” Waller said. “I seem to always get it wrong so all I will say is they are all well and ready to run well.
“I think John Moore had four of the five runners in Hong Kong on Sunday in one of the feature races and his longest priced horse won. I’ll stay out and wish all the punters that have a bet good luck.” – Richard Calander, Racenet.com.au.