Kennedy Cantala 2020 Results: Yulong Prince Wins For Waller

October 31, 2020

Kennedy Cantala 2020 Results: Yulong Prince Wins For Waller

Trainer Chris Waller celebrated a Group 1 double on VRC Derby Day with his success in the Coolmore Stud Stakes with September Run followed by an upset in the 2020 Kennedy Cantala with former South African galloper Yulong Prince.

Yulong Prince Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Yulong Prince won the 2020 Kennedy Cantala at Flemington for the Chris Waller stable. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The filly September Run was the favourite in the Group 1 Coolmore, but Gimmethegreenlight entire Yulong Prince went around at double-figures in the Group 1 $1 million Kennedy Cantala (1600m) at Flemington.

The six-year-old had been knocking on the door in Sydney with plenty of close calls over the past season including his fourth last start when only 1.3 lengths off Probabeel in Randwick’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Heading south for the Cantala, Yulong Prince made it two-from-two at HQ where he’d previously won the Listed Cup Day Plate (1800m) last Melbourne Cup Day.

His success in the Kennedy Cantala was his first victory since and broke a year-long drought for the horse who also boasts Group 1 winning form from back in South Africa.

Jockey Damian Lane took over for Sam Clipperton in the saddle and had the eventual winner in the right position, charging home down the middle in a stellar finish off a hot speed.

It was Buffalo River up front leading the field around at speed from Age of Chivalry, but the pressure was on those front runners late as the swoopers came with their runs from the back.

At the 100m Age Of Chivalry was in the lead but tiering quickly as Yulong Prince and Cascadian charged late, the latter having made up all the ground from the tail-end of the field only to be denied the win running second.

In third rounding out the Kennedy Cantala trifecta was Rock for Hawkes Racing.

“He’s had his opportunities and sometimes just hasn’t been too genuine, but today we said to Damian to just track into the straight and give him a lot of room in the straight and he’s going to take  a lot of riding, but he’s certainly got the ability,” Waller’s stable rep Jo Taylor told the media.

2020 Kennedy Cantala Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Damian Lane 11 55kg $10
2 7 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 0.2L 14 54.5kg $15
3 9 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 0.7L 2 54kg $8.50
4 12 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 1.45L 15 53kg $21
5 1 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 1.65L 12 58kg $16
6 3 OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller James McDonald 2.65L 16 56kg $31
7 8 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Jye McNeil 2.95L 1 54kg $31
8 10 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 3.15L 9 54kg $101
9 15 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 3.25L 8 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $8
10 6 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 3.75L 10 54.5kg (cd 55kg) $21
11 4 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 4.5L 6 55kg $9
12 16 KING’S LEGACY Peter & Paul Snowden Glen Boss 4.7L 5 51kg $18
13 2 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Jamie Kah 4.8L 13 58kg $6.50F
14 14 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 5L 3 53kg $20
15 13 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 5.1L 7 53kg $7.50
16 11 THE VELVET KING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 6.6L 4 53.5kg $26
19e HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Kerrin McEvoy 0
20e RELOADED Chris Waller Michael Dee 0
17e REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 0
18e JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 0

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