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). 

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.