Russian Revolution Avoids Capitalist Clash in Vain

Co-trainer Peter Snowden will keep colts Russian Revolution and Capitalist in separate states on Saturday with the former heading south to Caulfield Racecourse for a 2016 Vain Stakes run on Saturday.

Russian Revolution

Golden Rose hope Russian Revolution runs in Melbourne’s 2016 Vain Stakes this weekend for Team Snowden. Photo: Steve Hart.

The stable’s Golden Slipper winning son of Written Tycoon, Capitalist, avoided a run in the mud last weekend and was scratched from a first-up run in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).

The $3.5 million earner will instead kick off his Sydney Spring Racing Carnival bid this weekend at Rosehill Gardens in the $150,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m), where he will return on September 10 for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).

In Melbourne, Snowden will also represented by a possible 2016 Golden Rose Stakes starter with Snitzel colt Russian Revolution to run in the $150,000 Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) on PB Lawrence Stakes Day.

The undefeated Sydney youngster has had two runs for two wins, the latest a two length effort over 1200m at Randwick on June 25.

He has won a subsequent Randwick trial over 1050m on July 29 sharpening him up for the Vain Stakes where he’ll be tested the other way of going for the first time.

Based on his early good form, Russian Revolution is currently rated a $13 chance at in all-in Golden Rose Stakes odds led by Capitalist ($4.40).

Blake Shinn is back in the saddle of Capitalist in the San Domenico Stakes, Kerrin McEvoy having been on standbye for the Missile Stakes at weight-for-age (51.5kg), while Mark Zahra will partner Russian Revolution in the Vain Stakes.

Snowden chases his third Vain Stakes victory having won the race with Sepoy (2011) and Safeguard (2013) when head trainer for Darley (Godolphin) Australia.

Russian Revolution is also likely to stay in Victoria for his other Golden Rose Stakes lead-up in the $150,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) back at Caulfield on August 27.

“We will know a lot more in terms of what direction we head after the McNeil Stakes,” Snowden told Racing Victoria.

Last year’s Vain Stakes winner was Gold Symphony (Peter Moody) who is now also prepared by Snowden and his son Paul.

The well-bred Reward For Effort stallion debuts as a four-year-old on Saturday running in the $120,000 Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) chasing his first win since completing the Vain Stakes – McNeil Stakes double last season.

Other likely Vain Stakes hopefuls this season include the David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Highland Beat, Hardham who won on debut at Pakenham back in early March and the Clinton McDonald-trained Sebring colt Revolving Door in his first run since a third in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in the autumn.

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