Mar 19, 2017
Prized colt Russian Revolution dug deep to snare his first Group 1 win in the $700,00 The Galaxy (1100m) and secure a future at stud in the most thrilling of finishes at Rosehill on March 18, which also saw Team Snowden quinella the race!
Carrying the red and yellow colours of China Horse Club, Russian Revolution was on his toes in the mounting yard, sweated up badly, threw a shoe on the way to the gates and forced to travel wide on super heavy ground, but that didn’t faze the son of Snitzel who wore down stablemate Redzel in the dying stages to grab victory on the line.
Partnered by Kerrin McEvoy, who collected a second Group 1 on the day having successfully piloted Our Ivanhowe in Ranvet Stakes earlier, Russian Revolution jumped from the outside barrier in a field of 14 to settled midfield and out of trouble. Once balanced in the home straight McEvoy urged the three-year-old to chase down gun sprinter Redzel in a ‘supreme effort’ and that he did.
"I was four wide and had to help him through the ground a bit but the horse dug deep, his star is on the rise that is for sure,” said the champion hoop.
“Full credit to the horse, Peter and Paul, they got him to perform first up against older horses but he’s great sprinter in his own right and he’s shown that today.
“I asked him for a supreme effort in the last 100 and he gave his all. He’s a fighter. His record shows he’s a class horse.
On the pre-race drama, McEvoy explained that it wasn’t as bad as it may have looked to others.
"As bad as it looks [sweating pre-race], he is actually not too bad mentally, and ideally you don’t want to pull a shoe on the way to the start, but that run will settle him down and he will improve heading to the TJ Smith.”
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said the stable had been handling the handsome colt with ‘kid gloves’ in the days leading up to the race because he was so fresh and ready to get on with the task ahead.
"He threw the rider yesterday and almost did it again this morning, so we've been handling him with kid gloves the last 48 hours because he’s been ready to go," explained co-trainer Paul Snowden.
"Anything which could happen, did, but he's got away with it and this [run] will tone him down now. We knew the light weight was going to kick in at some stage and obviously it was late in those last 100 yards... You never get sick of winning Group 1’s, both horses have run terrific and I couldn't have asked for anything better.
Russian Revolution is now likely to start next in the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of the Championships at Randwick on April 1.
Redzel's jockey Dwayne Dunn was full of praise for the Triple Crown-owned runner-up.
"He's run terrific and was gallant in defeat. I thought he was the winner halfway down the stretch, unfortunately the stablemate has beaten me on the line but he has given the owners a good thrill and they will get a few more too."
Owned by Newgate SF, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Horse Ventures, John Stuart Investments Pty Ltd, Mr D W Wallace, and Go Bloodstock Australia, Russian Revolution has now won five races and more than $800,000 from just six career starts.
Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers
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