Snitzel’s history-making habit

Snitzel has secured his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a staggering all-time prizemoney record of $29.2 million and record totals of winners, wins, stakeswinners and stakes wins…

Snitzel has secured his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a new all-time prizemoney record of $29.2 million, and record totals of winners (173), wins (307), stakeswinners (26) and stakes wins (43).

Redzel was Snitzel’s and Australia’s leading earner in 2017/18 with $7.5 million prizemoney. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy

Worldwide, Snitzel’s progeny earnings topped $31 million and Traces (in South Africa) and Untamed Diamond (in New Zealand) gave him a global tally of 28 stakeswinners and 45 stakes wins. He ends the 2017/18 season at No. 6 on the TRC Global Sires Rankings.

Snitzel has made plenty of history in the seven years since he first appeared among Australia’s top 10 sires in 2011/12.

After his second top 10 appearance in 2012/13, Snitzel rose rapidly to finish second on the 2013/14 Australian General Sires’ Premiership, with $9.8 million, less than $450,000 behind his sire Redoute’s Choice. It was the first time in Australian history that father-and-son sires standing at the same stud have completed a Premiership quinella.  

Snitzel’s 13 stakeswinners that season, including Cox Plate & Australian Guineas winner Shamus Award and dual Group 2 winner Time For War, put Snitzel among the top 5 on the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ tables as well. That pattern of success across age groups is a hallmark of his career.

In 2015/16, on the way to his fifth straight top 10 General Sires’ table finish, Snitzel matched Without Fear’s 40 year-old record of 30 juvenile winners in a season.

Trapeze Artist’s three Group 1 wins in 2017/18 included two defeats of older horses at weight-for-age. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

A year later in 2016/17 he claimed that record for himself with a total of 35 and underlined his dominance with the first single-sire Australian Group 1 2YO trifecta since 1982. That was achieved by Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist in the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Most significantly, Snitzel became the first grandson of Danehill to be crowned Australia’s Champion Sire with record prizemoney of $16.2 million – surpassing by $3.2 million Street Cry’s record set the previous season.

That wasn’t all. Snitzel’s 26 Australian stakeswinners equalled Danehill’s record set in 2001/02, and he completed a clean sweep of all the titles he contested by topping the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ Premierships.

Furthermore, he headed every category (earnings, winners, wins, stakeswinners, stakes wins) on all three lists, except overall wins where he was beaten a whisker by I Am Invincible, 274 wins to 273.

Matching such a spectacular season would have been remarkable enough, but Snitzel has left remarkable behind.

He led the 2017/18 General Premiership for almost the entire season, notching up $4.3 million and 15 stakes wins even before Redzel’s blitzkrieg victory in the inaugural $10 million Everest on 14 October.

Snitzel broke his own Australian earnings record in February, strode through $20 million in March, $25 million in April and $28 million in June and cracked $29 million in July. He has also retained his No. 1 position on the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ Premierships.

His final figure of $29.2 million is more than $13 million ahead of I Am Invincible and Fastnet Rock, who both compiled outstanding figures of their own. Even allowing for recent prizemoney increases, that margin is astonishing.

Perhaps of most relevance to owners, breeders and trainers is Snitzel’s representation in Group 1 races. In 2017/18 he had 31 Australian runners (almost 10% of his total) deemed worthy of at least one Group 1 start, and 12 of those horses won or placed in 20 Group 1 races. 

Snitzel’s 2014 crop, 3YOs of 2017/18, was the major contributor to his Australian season, turning out 12 winners of 20 Group & Listed Races and $10.9 million (37% of his total prizemoney).  All up, that crop has now produced 19 stakeswinners and earned $16.1 million, an amount exceeded only by the 2012 crop that produced Everest winner Redzel. 

The closest title race was for the 2YO Sires’ Premiership which Snitzel won with $3,648,965, just over $200,000 ahead of I Am Invincible. Golden Slipper winner Estijaab’s prizemoney made up almost two-thirds of that figure, with Listed winners Nomothaj, Sandbar & Prairie Fire and four other stakes performers in support roles. 

Snitzel celebrates a spectacular second Premiership season

Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has made breaking records his dedicated profession…

Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has made breaking records his dedicated profession.

He swept past his own Australian season earnings record back in February and is about to claim his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a staggering total of more than $29 million. He also retains the 2YO Sires’ and 3YO Sires’ titles he won last season.

Snitzel’s progeny have won almost twice the prizemoney of his nearest rivals I Am Invincible, and two-time champion sire Fastnet Rock, who have compiled outstanding seasons with career-best earnings in Australia. Despite that, they both fell short of Snitzel’s record 2016/17 prizemoney of $16.2 million.

The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice also tops the 2017/18 table by winners, wins and stakeswinners with 26 horses successful in Group & Listed company.  That repeats his achievement with eight crops of racing age in 2016/17 and again equals Danehill’s record, set with nine crops of racing age in 2001/02.

Redzel dominated The Everest from start to finish, landing the $5.8 million first prize for his Triple Crown owners & slot-holder James Harron and partners. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

However, Snitzel’s tally of 43 Australian stakes victories this season is a record he holds on his own, ahead of the previous mark of 36 stakes wins set by Danehill in 2004/05.

The quality of the performances put up by Snitzel’s best domestic performers this season is impressive. Eighteen (69%) of the 26 are Group winners, with a standout performer in each age category: 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution & 5YO Redzel.  This quartet  won six Group 1 races, the multiple winner being Trapeze Artist, successful against his own age group in the ATC Golden Rose G1, and then beating the older sprinters at weight-for-age in the ATC TJ Smith S. G1 and ATC All Aged S. G1.

Trapeze Artist & Redzel delivered one of the season’s most thrilling finishes in April’s ATC T.J. Smith S. G1 at The Championships. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Estijaab, Trapeze Artist and Redzel all won more than $2 million during the season, with Redzel’s $7,532,300 prizemoney making him the country’s leading earner. Remove them from Snitzel’s total, and he still wins the Premiership with a new record figure.  

A further eight horses were Group 1-placed in 2017/18, among them the valiant Tangled, runner-up in the Rosehill Guineas & Spring Champion Stakes, and third in the Australian Derby. 

Snitzel’s 26 stakeswinners come from his 2011 to 2015 crops and it is no accident that his remarkable 2014 crop (currently on 14.4% SW/Runners)  has produced 12 of them. Ten of the 35 juvenile winners that last season gave Snitzel another record, exceeding the mark set by Without Fear in 1975/76, have won stakes races this term:  Dracarys, Goodfella, I Am Excited, Jukebox, Menari, Muraaqeb, Perast, Snitzepeg, Snitzkraft & Trapeze Artist. Showtime (MVRC Stutt S. G2) and Eptimum (MVRC Red Anchor S. G3) posted their maiden successes as 3YOs last September.

The Northern Farm-bred, Arrowfield-sold filly Estijaab gave Snitzel his first Golden Slipper victory. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

As that male-dominated cohort shows, it has been a boys’ year at Team Snitzel. Eighteen of his Australian stakeswinners are colts & geldings, but it was Emirates Park’s filly Estijaab who delivered that precious Golden Slipper victory and 4YO mare Snitty Kitty (MRC Caulfield Sprint G2) joined Russian Revolution to give Snitzel a Group 1 quinella in the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1. (Trapeze Artist and Redzel did the same in April’s thrilling ATC TJ Smith S. G1.)

Snitzel’s multitude of stakes runners  most weekends explains why his Australian record since 1 August 2017 includes three same-day stakes trebles (on 19 August, 21 October and 10 March), seven stakes doubles and five Group race quinellas. One treble (I Am Excited, Estijaab & Redzel at Randwick on 10 March) and all but two of the doubles were also achieved at the same track.  

New track records set on firmer-than-usual surfaces were a feature of the season’s racing and Snitzel’s progeny were responsible for four of them: Redzel, 1000m & 1100m at Randwick; Trapeze Artist, 1400m at Randwick; and Lubiton, 1600m at Moonee Valley.  

Snitzel’s 43 stakes wins are distributed across 11 tracks in New South Wales, Victoria & Queensland, with Randwick the most regular scene of success (11 wins inc. the TJ Smith & All Aged), followed by Rosehill  (7 inc. the Golden Slipper & Golden Rose), Caulfield (6 inc. the Oakleigh Plate), Flemington (5 inc. the Darley Classic) and Moonee Valley (5 Group wins).

Stars of Snitzel’s 2013 crop, Russian Revolution & Snitty Kitty (right) quinella-ed the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1 in February. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

It’s no surprise that 37 Group & Listed wins have been at distances from 1000-1400 metres, all six Group 1 victories among them. Success beyond 1400 metres by Arbeitsam (2 wins at 1600m & 2000m), French Emotion, Lubiton, Muraaqeb & Showtime (all successful in Group company at 1600 metres) indicate the versatility evident in Snitzel’s lifetime record.

A total of 16 Australian stables can claim at least one Snitzel stakeswinner this season, and six have had more than one: Peter & Paul Snowden (Redzel, Russian Revolution, Dracarys & Calanda – 8 Group & Listed wins in all); Michael, John & Wayne Hawkes (Estijaab, Showtime & Sprightly Lass – 5 wins); David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig (Thronum, Muraaqeb & Nomothaj – 4 wins), Gerald Ryan (Trapeze Artist & Menari – 6 wins); Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott (Arbeitsam & Sweet Redemption – 3 wins); and Bjorn Baker (Lubiton & Goodfella – 3 wins).

Snitzel’s Super 26 are the work of 26 different breeders and groups of breeders headed by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, responsible for Estijaab and, with Arrowfield, for Showtime & Dracarys; and Bell View Park Stud, breeder of Sweet Redemption and co-breeder of Lubiton. Lee Fleming (breeder of Redzel) and the Vieira Group (owner-breeder of Trapeze Artist) can celebrate their roles in eight Group & Listed victories (four Group 1) and The Everest, and combined season earnings of $10.2 million.

The sire-lines of Mr. Prospector (8 stakeswinners including Group 2 winners French Emotion, Showtime & Thronum) and Roberto (6 stakeswinners including Estijaab and Trapeze Artist) have enjoyed notable success with Snitzel this season. Most-represented damsires among Snitzel’s 26 stakeswinners are: Red Ransom (damsire of Arbeitsam, Goodfella & Sweet Redemption), Elusive Quality (Dracarys & Nomothaj), General Nediym (Menari & I Am Excited) and Zabeel (Lubiton & Perast).

With his second Premiership Snitzel joins an elite group of multiple Champion Sires of Australia headed, of course, by his grandsire Danehill. His campaign to match his sire Redoute’s Choice and win a third title begins early with Showtime nominated for the new season’s first stakes race, the ATC Missile S. G2 on Saturday at Randwick. 
 

Oakleigh Plate quinella for Snitzel

Twelve years ago Snitzel defeated Virage de Fortune and Takeover Target with a bravura display of classic Australian speed in the MRC Oakleigh Plate 1100m G1. 

On Saturday his son Russian Revolution and daughter Snitty Kitty, from the same 2013 crop, turned in an equally impressive performance to quinella the 2018 running of the great Caulfield sprint, first held in 1884, and now worth $500,000. Hellbent, Booker & Bons Away rounded out a heart-stopping finish, with a length covering the quintet.

Watch Russian Revolution & Snitty Kitty win the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1.

It’s the Champion Sire’s second Group 1 quinella, after Russian Revolution beat Redzel home in last year’s ATC The Galaxy G1. (Two weeks later his then-2YO sons Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist filled the Inglis Sires’ G1 trifecta.)

Russian Revolution was bred by John Stuart Investments and bought for $320,000 by China Horse Club & Michael Wallace from the Vinery Stud draft at the Inglis Easter Sale. His dam Ballet D’Amour (by Stravinsky), now owned by Belinda Bateman, has a 2YO filly Galina (by Smart Missile), a yearling colt by Wandjina and is in foal to Redoute’s Choice, while her Group-winning daughter Turbo Miss is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

The Oakleigh Plate 1-2, plus quality placings by Arrowfield graduates Showtime (3rd, MRC Futurity S. G1) and Estijaab (2nd, ATC Silver Slipper S. G2) takes Snitzel well past $17 million prizemoney for the season – a mark never seen before in Australia.

Russian Revolution is Snitzel’s third Group 1 winner in 2017/18 after Trapeze Artist (ATC Golden Rose S. G1) and Redzel (VRC Darley Classic G1). Like Redzel, Invader and BTC Cup G1 winner Hot Snitzel, he is prepared by Peter & Paul Snowden.

Snitzel has eight colts on offer at next week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, while April’s Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s draft.

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). 

Snowdens enjoy a Group 1 season with Snitzel

Peter & Paul Snowden didn’t need to wait for 31 July to celebrate Snitzel’s first stallion Premiership. They were celebrating all season long as the trainers of five of his stakeswinners, including three of his five Group 1 winners in 2016/17.

Racing Manager Jackson Beirs says, “We’re very fortunate our clients, including James Harron and his ownership group, Sheikh Khalifa, Triple Crown and the partnership between Newgate, SF Bloodstock, China Horse Club, Matthew Sandblom and Winstar, provide us with such high quality horses.

“The three Group 1 wins are the obvious highlights. Russian Revolution’s Galaxy was an extremely tough win, beating the older horses. It was one of the bright moments of the year.”

“Invader’s Sires’ win was very special. He’s a stable favourite, the little engine that could, he danced every dance.”

5YO Redzel became Snitzel’s leading earner for the season when he took out the Doomben 10,000 G1 on 13 May.

“That was great, all the guys love him, nothing was going to get past Redzel that day.  He had a meteoric rise after Peter and Paul found the key to him, and just let him run.

“Redzel’s Group One was a very satisfying result for Triple Crown who were early fans of Snitzel with Hot Snitzel and Flying Snitzel.  They’re a perfect example of why syndication works, getting people into well-bred horses at affordable prices so they can compete against the richest owners and have a chance to win.”

Detective, who won a Flemington Listed Race last Spring, has been sold to Hong Kong, but Snitzel’s final stakeswinner of the season, Calanda will be seen this Spring, after a brief break. “He’s a beautiful, quiet horse who enjoys his racing.”

Beirs is clear about what makes Snitzel’s progeny so successful.

“They’re just nice horses to be around, there’s no fuss with them, they eat, sleep and do their work. And they’re really sound and durable, which is so important for Australian racing.“

The Snowden stable has a “whole heap of Snitzels” among their just-turned 2YOs including a quartet of  nice colts out of Ultimate Fever (by Gold Fever), Quench The Thirst (by Encosta de Lago), Good Weekend (by Hussonet) and Bondi Blonde (by Red Ransom).

Beirs says of the Quench The Thirst colt, now named Munich, “I really like him, he’s very tractable, and looks a very natural type of athlete, not huge but very strong.”

Other Snowden stars now in Hong Kong are Inglis 3YO Guineas (R ) LR winner France (by Redoute’s Choice) and Todman S. G2 winner Gunnison (by Not A Single Doubt), whose Snitzel three-quarter sister is among the stable’s new 2YOs.

Also in the Snowden kindergarten are three Not A Single Doubt colts – one from Imoto, bought by James Harron, one from Golden Edict (now named Legislation), bought by the Newgate/China Horse Club partnership, and the More Stories colt for Triple Crown Syndications.

Redoute’s Choice keeps a significant presence in the stable too, thanks to last season’s highly rated juvenile Pariah, whose ownership now includes Arrowfield and Pinecliff Racing, Pariah’s $2.5 million 2YO brother, and the $1.3 million colt out of Ballet Blue. 

Kia Ora Stud’s 5YO mare Ravi (Redoute’s Choice-Mambo In Freeport), winner of the BRC Just Now S. LR and twice Group-placed in 2016/17, has stayed in training with the aim of adding more black type to her pedigree page.

Jackson Beirs says, “It was a toss-up whether to retire her or not, but she drew a succession of bad gates last season and was very unlucky to only win one stakes race. She has that lovely Redoute’s Choice quality and has furnished into a beautiful mare.”

Given the progress with maturity made by Redoute’s Choice mares such as Abidewithme, Bonaria, Dystopia, Girl Gone Rockin’, She’s Clean and Sister Madly, Ravi joins the long list of Snowden-trained performers to watch this Spring. 

Champion Sire Snitzel dominates every category

Such was Snitzel’s history-making 2016/17 Championship season in Australia, that it’s easier to list what he didn’t do.

He’s not the Champion Broodmare Sire, but otherwise, Snitzel dominated every category he contested.

Arrowfield’s new superstar headed the key columns of the General Premiership table, with $16.1 million prizemoney (breaking Street Cry’s 2015/16 record by almost $3.2 million), 159 winners (one short of Lohnro’s record, set in 2013/14) and equalling Danehill’s 2001/02 record of 26 stakeswinners. 

Snitzel’s first Premiership completes an unprecedented three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires, following Danehill’s nine titles (won between 1995 and 2005) and Redoute’s Choice’s three titles (2006, 2010, 2014).

He is the fifth Arrowfield resident to become Australia’s Champion Sire, following Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur (2007), Danehill (1995) & Last Tycoon (1994). 

Across-the-board prizemoney increases, especially in New South Wales, have certainly made it easier for Snitzel and a record six other stallions, including his barnmate Not A Single Doubt, to crack $10 million. However, Snitzel is the only one among the top five whose major earner, Redzel with $962,000, didn’t win $1 million or more, and his 26 stakeswinners contributed only 43% of his total earnings – a good indication of the deep quality that characterises Snitzel’s stud record.

Nine fillies and mares joined the list of Snitzel’s stakeswinners in 2016/17, headed by Group winners French Emotion, Elle Lou, Sweet Redemption, Teaspoon & Diddums. Like most of his Championship season’s best male performers, they all remain in training.

Invader was his top-earning juvenile, contributing $960,125 to the $4.9 million that won Snitzel the 2YO Sires’ Premiership by a comfortable margin from his former Arrowfield barnmate Manhattan Rain, sire of the Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign.

Remarkably, Snitzel’s list of 31 Australian stakes wins during the season includes only one of Australia’s million-dollar races, the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1. He made the most of it though, siring the first three horses home, Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist to complete the country’s first single-stallion Group 1 2YO trifecta since 1982.

Invader headed Snitzel’s eight list-topping Australian 2YO stakeswinners this season, a quarter of his national record-setting tally of 32 juvenile winners of 46 races. (Three New Zealand winners from his 2014 crop gave him a final tally of 35.)

It was the same story on the 3YO Sires’ Premiership, where Snitzel ended the season on top by earnings (just over $6 million, more than $1.3 million in front of Sebring), winners (68), wins (120), stakeswinners (9) and stakes wins (11).

His principal 3YO earner was Russian Revolution, winner of the ATC The Galaxy G1 in March, and two other Group races last Spring. He was one of ten Snitzel stakeswinners who emerged in the first five months of the season and, along with Redzel, he progressed to elite success in the Autumn.

Snitzel’s Australian stakeswinners were prepared by 13 stables with Peter & Paul Snowden enjoying most success, thanks to Group 1 winners Invader, Redzel & Russian Revolution, Snitzel’s last stakeswinner of the season, Calanda, and Detective, who will do his future racing in Hong Kong.

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott sent out five Snitzel stakeswinners, including Group winners Farson & Sweet Redemption, while Diddums, Trapeze Artist & Samantha took Gerald Ryan’s career tally of stakeswinners by his former stable star to twelve.

Snitzel did his bit to promote the Australian thoroughbred offshore, with the help of Group 1 winners Heavenly Blue (South Africa) & Summer Passage (New Zealand) and dual Group 3 winner Young Man Power (Japan). They boosted his 2016/17 worldwide statistics to 29 stakeswinners (5 at Group 1 level and nine of them juveniles) of 36 Group & Listed Races, for total prizemoney of $20.4 million.

Snitzel’s dominance of the 2016/17 season extended to Australia’s major yearling sales. He was the Leading Sire by aggregate at the Magic Millions & Inglis Easter Sales, and ended the auction season with total sales of $41.7 million and 111 lots sold for an average price of $375,732.

His five million-dollar yearlings were headed by the Top Cuban colt and the Response filly, both sold for $1.7 million by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter.

Snitzel’s achievements are magnified by the class of the stallions behind him in the top 15, among them six other Champion Sires (Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, Lonhro, Redoute’s Choice, Exceed and Excel and Encosta de Lago), his fellow Redoute’s Choice sons, Not A Single Doubt & Stratum, and an impressive group of emerging younger sires.

Snitzel has set the bar exceptionally high for all of them, as well as himself, but with three large, superb quality crops in the pipeline, and a dazzling book of mares visiting him at his 2017 fee of $176,000 inc. GST, his passage to greatness may have only just begun.

Snitzel completes Group 1 double & quinella

Two days after Summer Passage became Snitzel’s 7th Group 1 winner, stablemates Russian Revolution & Redzel gave him his first Group 1 quinella in the $700,000 ATC The Galaxy 1100m G1.

It was a tremendous performance by both horses and a notable achievement by their trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, especially as they presented 3YO colt Russian Revolution for the first time since his Spring campaign, which yielded two Group wins and a fourth in the Coolmore Stud S. G1.

Russian Revolution’s fresh state was evident as he went to the gates and he was re-shod there after casting a plate, but he quickly put that hiccup behind him. Jungle Edge took up the early running and Russian Revolution follow Redzel wide around the turn.

Redzel forged ahead and finally collared Jungle Edge at the 200-metre mark, but Russian Revolution simply wouldn’t give up and found enough under pressure to snatch a short neck victory, with Jungle Edge a brave third.

Watch Russian Revolution & Redzel quinella The Galaxy G1.

Peter Snowden said he was confident Russian Revolution’s allotted 51kg would be in the colt’s favour on a deteriorating track.

“We knew the weight was going to kick in at some stage and it was probably the difference over the last 100 metres. He’s been very full of himself in the last week or so….He’s been ready to go.”

Russian Revolution (ex Ballet d’Amour by Stravinsky) is Snitzel’s eighth Group 1 winner and second Galaxy winner after Sweet Idea in 2015. Like Redzel, he is among the 21 stakeswinners that are building a potentially record-setting season for the son of Redoute’s Choice. The Galaxy win also completed a Rosehill double for jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who rode Our Ivanhowe to success in the Ranvet S. G1 earlier in the day.

Russian Revolution’s five wins from his six starts have returned well over twice the $320,000 that Michael Wallace & China Horse Club paid for him at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale where he was offered by Vinery Stud.  He is raced by China Horse Club and his breeder John Stuart Investments with Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom and Sir Owen Glenn.

Bred by Lee Fleming, Redzel was a $120,000 buy from Marquee Stud for Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Triple Crown owners have previously enjoyed success with Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel and Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel.

The $2.5 million weight-for-age T.J. Smith Stakes 1200m G1 back at Randwick on 1 April, Day 1 of The Championships, must now be on the horizon for both Russian Revolution and Redzel.

In the meantime, their quinella has pushed Snitzel through the $10 million mark in Australia for the first time, and he maintains his No. 1 position on the Australian General Sires’ list, more than $1 million ahead of Street Cry.

Russian Revolution overthrows Rose & Slipper winners

The Redoute’s Choice & Sons tag team put Russian Revolution in the ring for Saturday’s $300,000 ATC Roman Consul S. 1200m G2 and he proceeded to knock out Golden Rose winner Astern & Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.

The 3YO son of Snitzel jumped best and rolled along easily in front. Tackled in the straight by both Group 1-winning colts, he responded with real zest to score by a neck from Astern, with a further 1.25 lengths back to his stablemate Capitalist.

Watch Russian Revolution win the ATC Roman Consul S. G2.

Russian Revolution’s four-start, four-win record also includes August’s MRC Vain S. G3 and he’s already returned the $320,000 paid for him by Michael Wallace & China Horse Club at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale where he was offered by Vinery Stud.

He is raced by his breeder John Stuart Investments with China Horse Club, Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom & DW Wallace – most of whom are also celebrating Extreme Choice’s stunning Group 1 victory at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

Trainers Peter & Paul Snowden are building a strong record with Snitzel’s progeny, having prepared Redzel & Detective for stakes success this term, and Hot Snitzel before his 2015 BTC Cup G1 victory. 

Russian Revolution is the fourth foal and fourth winner out of Ballet D’Amour, who shares her descent from blue hen mare Fanfreluche with champion sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago. Ballet D’Amour has a yearling filly by Smart Missile.

Arrowfield’s own perfect record with sons of Redoute’s Choice – Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau – is set to be maintained by Group 1-performed colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick, new to the Stud’s roster this season.

Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Redoute’s Choice have hardly missed a beat in the first two months of the 2016/17 season.  The Arrowfield triumvirate has posted 12 winners of 14 Australian Group & Listed Races since 1 August, and Snitzel heads the General Sires’ list with 39 winners and $1.9 million.

He doesn’t have to look far to see his closest rival: it’s Not A Single Doubt, with 36 winners and almost $1.7 million prizemoney. 

Snitzel takes the early lead

Much like his progeny on the track, Snitzel has shot to an early lead on the 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ table, with 22 winners and more than $870,000 prizemoney.

Four of those winners have been in Group & Listed stakes races on three of the first four weekends of the new season:

3YO colt THRONUM (ex Helena’s Secret by Five Star Day)
ATC The Rosebud H. LR – 6 August
Bred by Highgrove Stud, RMA Bloodstock & Widden Stud
Sold Inglis Easter, $300,000, Highgrove Stud/Sun Bloodstock
Trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott for Sun Bloodstock & Sun Stud

4YO colt SOOBOOG (ex Monte Rosa by Fraar)
VRC Aurie’s Star H. G3 – 6 August
Bred by Arrowfield Stud
Sold Inglis Easter, $1.5 million, Arrowfield/Sheikh Mohammed bon Khalifa al Maktoum
Trained by Darren Weir for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum

3YO colt RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (ex Ballet d’Amour by Stravinsky)
VRC Vain S. G3 – 13 August
Bred by John Stuart Investments
Sold Inglis Easter, $320,000, Vinery/China Horse Club
Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for Newgate, China Horse Club, John Stuart Investments & D.W. Wallace

4YO gelding REDZEL (ex Millrich by Rubiton)
MRC Heath S. G3 – 27 August
Bred by Lee Fleming
Sold Magic Millions, $120,000, Marquee Stud/Triple Crown Syndications
Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for Triple Crown Syndications & partners

These headline acts have been supported by the Group-placed 3YO fillies Athena Lass & Elle Lou, and the durable gelding Checkpoint, who added a Listed placing to the five wins and five Group placings he’s notched up over six seasons in Perth.

This is easily the fastest season start of Snitzel’s career. With more than half of his 185-strong 2013 crop yet to race, as well as 175 just-turned 2YOs conceived on a $45,000 fee, it’s a fair bet he’s only warming up.

Snitzel's international Group double

Two weeks into the new season and Snitzel has already posted his second stakes double, this time a pair of international Group successes.

3YO colt Russian Revolution opened this weekend’s batting with a defiant, all-the-way win in Saturday’s $150,000 MRC Vain S. 1100m G3, gamely holding out the fast-finishing Highland Beat with the Redoute’s Choice colt Hardham an eye-catching third.

Jackson Beers, representing Russian Revolution’s trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, said,”It was a tough win. He still learning his trade and had to do it out there on his own. They looked like they had their chance to run him down but couldn’t get him.

“He’s only had three starts but he’s a lovely colt and he’s got plenty of ability.”

Watch Russian Revolution win the MRC Vain S. G3.

Bred by John Stuart Investments, Russian Revolution was purchased by Michael Wallace & the China Horse Club for $320,000 from the Vinery Stud draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. His owners include his breeder, China Horse Club, Newgate Farm and Matthew Sandblom.

He’s the fourth foal and fourth winner out of Ballet D’Amour, who shares her descent from blue hen mare Fanfreluche with champion sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago. Ballet D’Amour has a yearling filly by Smart Missile.

Russian Revolution won both his juvenile starts in Sydney in June, and is nominated for both the Golden Rose on 10 September and the Caulfield Guineas on 8 October. Recent winners of the Vain Stakes include winners of both those races Starspangledbanner (2009 Caulfield Guineas) and Toorak Toff (2010 Golden Rose).

4YO colt Young Man Power completed the weekend’s innings with his second Group 3 1600-metre victory, in the ~$1 million Niigata Sekiya Kinen.

Watch Young Man Power win the Niigata Sekiya Kinen G3.

Bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and from the second of Snitzel’s two Japanese crops, Young Man Power is the best of three winners out of four-time winner Snapshot (by Sunday Silence), a grand-daughter of dual Group 1-winning mare River Memories. His four wins and six placings from 14 starts have earned ~$1.8 million.