Celebrating the year of Russian Revolution

Exactly a century after the political upheaval that ended Tsarist rule in Russia, another kind of Russian revolt is shaking up Australian sprinting.

Snitzel’s 4YO son Russian Revolution, already a Group 1 winner last March, made a brilliant season return when he proved too classy in Saturday’s $200,000 MVRC Ian McEwen S. 1000m G2. 

Russian Revolution began best, and was soon joined by Heatherly who took up the running and led the field into the straight until the colt hit top gear. He took control 100 metres out to score by 1.25 lengths  in 58.14 from Heatherly with Houtzen finishing well for third.

Watch Russian Revolution win the MVRC McEwen S. G2.

Russian Revolution’s earnings from his six-win, nine-start career has now garnered more than three times the $320,000 that Michael Wallace & China Horse Club gave for him at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale, where he was offered by Vinery Stud.  He is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for his breeder John Stuart Investments, China Horse Club, Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom, Mr D.W. Wallace and Sir Owen Glenn.

Paul Snowden noted, “He’s strengthened up really well which is a trait of the Snitzel stock and it has only been his pre-race manners which have let him down in the past…He’s got that nervous energy which we try and use positively.”

Russian Revolution’s early Spring campaign is all about gaining a slot in The Everest on 14 October at Randwick.

“We specifically targeted this race as a lead-up to the Moir Stakes in a couple of weeks’ time. A spot in the Everest is the ultimate aim and we thought if we brought him down here and showed him off it would help.

“If we got a place in The Everest the Moir will be a crucial lead-up so we’ll just see how things play out.”

Russian Revolution supplied the first leg of Snitzel’s 12th same-day stakes double, completed an hour after the McEwen Stakes by Menari’s victory in the ATC Run to the Rose G2 in Sydney. 

Russian Revolution is Snitzel’s 8th individual stakeswinner in the first six weeks of 2017/18, and the third from his 2013 crop, after Arbeitsam (Hawkesbury JC Rowley Mile LR) and Lubiton (Wyong RC Mona Lisa S. LR). 

Rain reigns in McEwen Stakes

Manhattan Rain’s brilliant daughter Wild Rain confirmed a Group 1 campaign when she took early control of Saturday’s $200,000 MVRC McEwen S. 1000m G2 and never let go, kicking clear in the straight to win by a length from Furnaces and the favourite Heatherly.

Watch Wild Rain win the MVRC McEwen S. G2.

The keys to Wild Rain’s eight-win career are her consistent professionalism and serious pace – the kind of pace that puts early pressure on her rivals, finds a gear-change when challenged and keeps going until the job is done.  Or, as trainer Mark Kavanagh explains, “When you are able to run quick sectionals like her, it makes it hard for those chasing her.”

Given that ability and Wild Rain’s five-start, three-win record at Moonee Valley, the $500,000 Moir S. G1 on 30 September is a reasonable goal for her and that is where she is now headed.

The McEwen Stakes, which honours Moonee Valley’s visionary administrator Ian McEwen, is Wilid Rain’s fourth stakes victory and her second at Group level, after her MRC Sir John Monash S. G3 win in July.  The 5YO mare has returned five times the $150,000 Kavanagh bid for her at the 2013 Magic Millions Sale, where she was offered by Arrowfield on behalf the Stud’s long-standing partnership with John Leaver.

Wild Rain is the best of three winners left so far by North Flower (by Rory’s Jester), a 2YO-winning half-sister to the dam of champion and Horse of the Year Northerly, and a three-quarter sister of Group winners North Boy and Northern Song.  North Flower has a a 2YO daughter, Desert Flower (by Animal Kingdom), in training with Paul Messara for the Arrowfield/Leaver partnership.

The Teeley Assets-bred colt Manhattan Street almost gave Manhattan Rain a trans-Tasman double on Saturday when he was narrowly beaten after a tremendous battle with possible Victoria Derby contender Highlad in the Wanganui Guineas LR. A 3YO son of Lankan Rupee’s sister Charming Estelle, Manhattan Street lost nothing in defeat, after three consecutive 2YO wins.

Watch Manhattan Street’s 2nd, Wanganui Guineas LR.

Wild Rain, Manhattan Street and a second 3YO colt, Tango Rain (2nd, ATC San Domenico S. G2), all give Manhattan Rain a great chance of making his mark on the Spring’s major prizes in Sydney and Melbourne.