There were nervous moments before the start for the connections of Russian Revolution as the colt was replated at the barriers before the $700,000, Group 1 Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday. However the end result was victory for the three-year-old to add to his previous Group 2 and 3 wins.
That Russian Revolution won was significantly due to the skill of jockey Kerrin McEvoy as the colt had not just the replating to contend with, but also he wanted to get on with the job from barrier 14. McEvoy had to allow the colt to go forward and cross to find a prominent position, but also to save energy for the sapping run him on the Heavy 10 track. It required considerable skill by McEvoy to keep the colt where he wanted him to be.
Russian Revolution (51kg) raced through to the top straight fighting McEvoy for his head, but they eventually made it into third racing outside Redzel (54.5kg) and Dwayne Dunn and Jungle Edge (51kg) and Kevin Forrester.
These three pulled away from the rest of the field in the main straight racing in the middle of the track. Redzel took over the lead with Jungle Edge inside and Russian Revolution outside and that looked to be the likely outcome.
Then Russian Revolution slowly pulled back the narrow lead as the 51kg had an impact and with some 50m to travel he gained the upper hand over his year older stablemate with his 3.5kg heavier impost.
At the line Russian Revolution was a short neck in front of Redzel, with both by Snitzel, and just a half neck to Jungle Edge (Dubawi). Glenall was 5L back in fourth.
The time was 1.07.60 with the final 600m in 36.89. Russian Revolution paid $3.20 on fixed odds and $3.00 on the tote as the favourite.
“We knew that lightweight was going to kick in at some stage and obviously it was late in those last 100 yards," said Paul Snowden.
“That’s the only difference at the end of the day. Both horses have run terrific. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
Snowden said that the stable would now consider running Russian Revolution in the $2.5m, Group 1 Darley TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 1st.
“That is a massive possibility. We just have to make sure he comes through this okay. He has put in a massive performance today," he said.
“I was four deep the trip and the horse dug deep, his star is on the rise that is for sure," said McEvoy.
Russian Revolution is out of the Stravinsky mare Ballet D'amour and he has the excellent record now of five wins from six starts. He was fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m at Flemington last October and this was his first start for a new campaign.
Owned by Newgate Stud Farm, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Horse Ventures, John Stuart Investments Pty Ltd, Mr D W Wallace, Go Bloodstock Australia he has earned stakes of $801,225.
What the beaten jockeys said:
Dwayne Dunn (Redzel): “He’s run terrific. He 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.”
Kevin Forrester (Jungle Edge): “For a roughie he has run a good race. I just let him stride into the bridle and he did the work himself. Has it been a bit further he might have won the race. He’s just a tough little horse.”
Andrew Adkins (Glenall): “Good run. Wasn’t much luck in the early stages, got knocked around a fair but, but he was able to travel into the straight after and he ran to the line well. A really nice run and I would like to see him up over a bit more distance he would be impressive.”
Jason Collett (Music Magnate): “He struggled in those conditions.”
Hugh Bowman (Fell Swoop): “It’s just a bit wet for him.”
Blake Shinn (English): “She just never handled that track one bit at all.”
Robert Thompson (Big Money): “It’s just too heavy for him out there.”
Regan Bayliss (Faatinah): “The wheels were spinning on the heavy ground.”
Damian Lane (Heatherly): “She struggled out there.”
Craig Williams (Supido): “I thought he’d come here today and really relish the heavy going from an inside barrier draw. Unfortunately from half way he just didn’t handle the pressure in that heavy ground.”
Corey Brown (Felines): “She’s run really good. On that track it’s probably too far for her the 1100m but she’s stuck on really well.”
Katelyn Mallyon (Miss Promiscuity): “She travelled really nicely early but the wheels were spinning when she came under pressure.”
Kathy O'Hara (Missrock): “Good effort from her. She wants a bit further now but she still went okay.”