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Snitzel Completes Gr1 Double & Quinella
Two days after Summer Passage became Snitzel's 7th Group 1 winner, stable-mates Russian Revolution & Redzel gave him his first Group 1 quinella in the $700,000 ATC The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill. It was a tremendous performance by both horses and a notable achievement by their trainers Peter & 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 Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Russian Revolution (ex Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) is Snitzel's eighth Group 1 winner and second Galaxy winner after Sweet Idea in 2015. Like Redzel, he is among the 21 stakeswinners 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 & 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. The $2.5 million weight-for-age Gr1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 1 April, Day 1 of The Championships, must now be on the horizon for both Russian Revolution and Redzel. In the meantime, their quinella has pushed Snitzel through the $10 million mark in Australia for the first time, and he maintains his No. 1 position on the Australian General Sires' list, more than $1 million ahead of Street Cry.