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Oakleigh Plate winner's fee to be confirmed at a later date

Dual Group One-winning sprinter Russian Revolution (Snitzel), who won last Saturday’s Oakleigh Plate (Gr 1, 1100m) at Caulfield, has been retired to stand at Newgate Farm later this year. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained four-year-old also won last year’s The Galaxy (Gr 1, 1100m) at Rosehill when defeating the now champion Australian sprinter Redzel (Snitzel).
He was a $320,000 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale purchase by China Horse Club and Michael Wallace Bloodstock from the Vinery Stud draft, and Peter Snowden said the entire had nothing left to prove as a racehorse. "Russian Revolution has nothing more to prove and the owners have elected to retire him on a winning note," Snowden said. "He's absolutely one of the quickest horses we have ever trained." Teo Ah Khing, chairman of the China Horse Club was also full of praise for Russian Revolution and said: “I think the investment in Russian Revolution and the collective efforts with the training team and all the people involved has paid off. “The similarities between Russian Revolution and Snitzel are becoming more and more apparent. They physically look similar, they have both showed tremendous speed in their races and were at their best between 1000 metres and 1200 metres and they have both have the Oakleigh Plate on their list of achievements. It makes for an exciting future for Russian Revolution.” In total, Russian Revolution won seven of his 11 career starts, with victories in the Roman Consul Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m), Ian McEwen Stakes (Gr 2, 1000m) and Vain Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) to go with his brace of top-level success, and he amassed prize money earnings of $1,284,225. He is one of five foals out of the winning Stravinsky (Nureyev) mare Ballet d’Amour, who is herself a half-sister to the multiple US stakes winner Taletobetold (Tale Of The Cat), making him a half-brother to Group Three winner Turbo Miss (Sebring). His unraced second dam Exigent (Miswaki) is a half-sister to Irish Group Two winner Montelimar (Alleged) and stakes winner L’Extra Honor (Hero’s Honor), while this is also the same family as 2007 Sun Chariot Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) winner Majestic Roi (Street Cry) and German champion miler Noor Al Hawa (Makfi). His third dam, meanwhile, is a half-sister to among others L'On Vite (Secretariat), the dam of Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill). A service fee will be announced at a later date.  

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