Russian Revoultion(no 2)
Russian Revolution confirmed his status as Australia’s most exciting stallion prospect in waiting when overcoming a wide run to surge between runners and win one of the nation’s most important sprint races.
The entire’s determined triumph in the AUD500,000 G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) is his second ‘major’ to date and saw him account for a field of no less than 17 rivals including five individual G1 winners. The success was also significant as it:
- Lifted China Horse Club’s tally of G1 wins to 19;
- Ensured the China Horse Club has won at least one G1 race each year (2013 to 2018) since it commenced racing in 2013;
- Confirmed Russian Revolution as only the second colt by champion sire Snitzel to have won two G1 races;
- Carried Russian Revolution’s career prize money to AUD$1.25 million (RMB6.2 million) having won seven of 11 career starts to date;
- Ensured he has won a G1 or G2 race in each of his last four preparations.
“I think the investment [in Russian Revolution] and the collective efforts with the training team and all the people involved has paid off,” said Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the China Horse Club.
“The patience shown with Russian Revolution, where he had a rest and is just coming back now, has been very important and I think that bodes well for him as he’s going to be prepared to be retired to stud. We are going to talk to the team and see what’s next for him, he is an exceptional racehorse and an even more exciting stallion prospect.”
The time honoured G1 Oakleigh Plate sits as the feature win of Russian Revolution’s champion sire Snitzel who saluted in the event 12 years earlier before retiring to stud. In the ensuing years Snitzel has gone on to stamp himself as not only Australia’s premier sire but one of the standout sires in the world today. Russian Revolution stands as arguably the most significant of his 12 individual G1 winners to date among an honour roll that also includes the club’s G1 winner Invader (2017 G1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes) and one of its sire interests in the promising Wandjina whose oldest runners are only yearlings.
“The similarities between Russian Revolution and Snitzel are becoming more and more apparent,” Teo added.
“They physically look similar, they have both showed tremendous speed in their races and were at their best between 1000m and 1200m and they have both have the Oakleigh Plate on their list of achievements. It makes for an exciting future for Russian Revolution.”
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