Yulong January (Image: Racing Photos)
Yu Long Investments are hoping to end the year on a high as Yulong January chases a hat-trick of wins at Flemington on Saturday.
The four-year-old gelding will take his place in the Yuletide Handicap (1400m) after a pair of recent wins, including a last-start victory in the VOBIS Gold Bullion on Pakenham Cup Day.
"I think he will run well (at Flemington), he has had a very good fortnight on the training track, he is down in weight but up in class, but it doesn't look an overly strong race," Yu Long's Luke Wilkinson said.
WATCH: Yulong January's VOBIS Gold Bullion win
Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, the bold, front-running son of King Of Prussia has certainly made the most of his opportunities since returning to the track in early November post a gelding operation.
"Gelding can make or break them," Wilkinson added. "He's been training like a motorbike for David and Ciaron since he has been gelded."
Purchased by Yu Long Investments for $20,000 at the Melbourne Premier Sale, Yulong January has now earned more than $300,000 for connections, who are hoping to seek richer targets with the five-time race winner next year.
"We are going to race him through the summer months and win as much prizemoney as we can," Wilkinson said.
"Maybe mid-next year we can aim a little bit higher."
The Yulong team also has every reason to be excited heading into 2020 after a promising two-year-old colt stepped out at the Flemington jumpouts on Friday.
Placed with the Lindsay Park stable, Yulong Progress settled back and found the line nicely to win over 800 metres.
"We picked him up quite cheaply for a Written Tycoon and he has trialed well," Wilkinson said.
"He trialed against the older horses last week in a hot heat and today against his own age group he was quite dominant.
"He will probably go the races on the 9th of January at Geelong and if he wins or run well he could go into a Blue Diamond Preview or Prelude."
WATCH: Yulong Progress' jumpout