The Caulfield stable of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace made another successful trip to Randwick on Saturday with the progressive Yulong January making it three wins from three starts when taking the $125,000, Young Members Bm 74 Handicap (1400m) with a step to black type next.
The win by the King Of Prussia colt under Regan Bayliss was comprehensive with the margin 2L over the six strong field. Bayliss took control from the outset leading on the inside and once they were in the main straight he waited until they were past the 300m and then urged the colt forward.
The field went to the middle of the track, rated a Heavy 9 after considerable rain over the past three days, and with Bayliss keeping Yulong January (56.5kg) straight they went away for the win.
Yulong January and Regan Bayliss make light work of the Heavy track, picture Stevehart.com.au
The $2.50 favourite Royal Celebration (Excelebration) (58kg) and Andrew Adkins were second with Silent Explorer (Lope de Vega) (56.5kg) and Keagan Latham third, the margin 1L.
The time was 1.23.84 with the final 600m in 36.01. Yulong January paid $2.90 on fixed odds and $3.10 on the tote.
“I thought he would handle it, fitness counts for a lot on these types of surfaces, His fitness levels are right up there, he is very genuine horse and he just keeps progressing the right way,” said Maher.
“Probably a race like the Carbine Club would be ideal. We will get him home and the trip will onmly bring him on,” he added.
Yulong January, out of the West Point mare Duty With Honour, came to Randwick off two wins at Swan Hill, the last over 1300m by 3 1/2L on September 14th. Owned by Yu Long Investments the colt has now won $92,800 from the three starts.
Young Members Handicap, photo finish picture ATC