China Horse Club leads a Russian Revolution

It’s more a case of a Chinese revolution in Australian racing at the moment.

But there was The China Horse Club’s Snitzel colt Russian Revolution rolling around Caulfield at high speed to keep his unbeaten record in check and score his first black type stakes win in the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.

The Vain has been a race carrying winners like Sepoy, Haradasun and Starspangledbanner; Russian Revolution sits well alongside them with the spring target being the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

It’s all part of the process for The China Horse Club and partners, Newgate Farm; the Hunter Valley Stud that stands CHC purchased stallions like former Australian Horse of the Year Dissident.

“Results like this are very important for China Horse Club,” Newgate principal Henry Field said.

“They are a huge global racing and breeding operation with a big following and they are getting results, which is all important.”

The CHC has also bought into Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice with a view, like Russian Revolution, to enhancing their value as stud prospects across their three year-old season.

Russian Revolution was a $320,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sales purchase by Newgate with the CHC and other partners.

He would already be worth that and more with multipliers to come as the G1 races are chased, achieved and ticked off before a stud career.

“We will make him a stallion, he’s a got a great pedigree, huge speed, everything you want in a stallion,” Field said.

Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden mapped out a Melbourne campaign for Russian Revolution based on the shorter course sprints, rather than the traditional three-year-old targets like the Caulfield Guineas.

“It was his first time at Caulfield, he got a little bit lost but he’s quite brilliant,” Field said.

Field will be in China next week as part of the CHC’s expanding international presence with an invitation race meeting in Inner Mongolia next Sunday.

“It will be quite a show,” Field said.

“They are really keen to showcase Chinese racing to the world.” is Australia’s exclusive media partner for the CHC and will stream the four race meeting from Yiqi racecourse next Sunday.

The meeting is part of the Chinese Equine Cultural Festival (CECF)and will see some 400 key industry stakeholders and business leaders from across the globe descend on the Inner Mongolian town.

It is a step on the road to China opening its doors to an international horse racing festival to follow the likes of Hong Kong’s December and Dubai’s World Cup meetings.

“The CECF has become a melting pot of captains of industry from across China and from around the world, creating opportunities for networking, business interaction and cultural exchange,” the event’s media release stated.

“The CECF prides itself on breaking new ground in the Chinese market,” China Horse Club founder Teo Ah King said.

“It became the first thoroughbred race meeting in China endorsed by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

“It was the first racing event to bring together human and equine athletes as well as international stewards and veterinarians together from locations from around the globe to participate in one major event in China; and it has shown itself to be a launching pad for Chinese athletes, owners and horses to compete overseas.”

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