Snitzel Tops $10 million For First Time
A Group One quinella at Rosehill on Saturday has pushed Snitzel through the $10 million mark in Australia for the first time with the champion sire maintaining his lead at the top of the Australian General Sires' list.
He is more than $1 million ahead of the late Street Cry, who is ion contention of top honours thanks to the amazing wining streak of his champion daughter Winx.
Two days after Summer Passage became Snitzel's seventh Group 1 winner, stablemates Russian Revolution and Redzel gave him his first G1 quinella in the $700,000 Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill.
It was a notable achievement by their trainers Peter and 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 G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.
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.
Redzel forged ahead at the 200m but Russian Revolution simply wouldn't give up and found enough under pressure to snatch a short neck victory.
Russian Revolution (ex Ballet d'Amour by Stravinsky) is Snitzel's eighth G1 winner and second Galaxy winner after Sweet Idea in 2015.
He and Redzel are among Snitzel’s 21 stakes winners since August 1 that are building a potentially record-setting season for the son of Redoute's Choice.
Russian Revolution's five wins from his six starts have returned well over twice the $320,000 that Michael Wallace and 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 Snitzel success with G1 winner Hot Snitzel and G2 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.
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