Co-trainer Paul Snowden is confident that Russian Revolution will prove extremely difficult to beat when he resumes in Saturday’s Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at The Valley.
Yet to taste anything but success in first-up races, Russian Revolution resumed in autumn for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and progressed to a credible sixth behind Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), before ending his campaign third in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
Snowden was pleased with the Snitzel entire’s hit-out on The Valley track on Tuesday morning and believes that the horse is wound-up enough to win the McEwen Stakes on Saturday.
“He’s come back pretty good. He’s had two solid trials in Sydney,” Snowden told Racing Victoria.
“He was here this morning for a look around. He was here last year.
“He went to Brisbane in the winter, and now he’s back again.
“He’s well-travelled; he’s slotted in great and handled the Valley extremely well.
“He is [ready to win]. He’s done plenty of work, that work’s done. Today was just a topping off for that.
“He’s competed at a high level for his past 4-5 starts now, at Group 1 level. He’s a pretty solid performer at that level, and we’re expecting a good show on Saturday.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Russian Revolution stormed onto the Australian racing landscape; winning each of his first four starts, including both the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) and Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m).
Sent off a $9 shot amongst particularly classy company in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day, Russian Revolution took up the running and way gallant to the line; finishing fourth behind Flying Artie.
The McEwen Stakes field is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday (September 6th) and is set to feature the likes of Houtzen and Heatherly, further to Russian Revolution.
Russian Revolution is currently tied on the top line of McEwen Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au with Houtzen, at a $3 quote.