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Russian Revolution wins Oakleigh Plate

Jockey Mark Zahra rides Russian Revolution down the home straight.
Russian Revolution has racked up his second G1 win in a tight finish to the Oakleigh Plate.

Jockey Mark Zahra and the father-and-son training team of Peter and Paul Snowden have finally combined to win a Group One race.

While the Snowdens and Zahra are no strangers to winning at the highest level, Russian Revolution’s win on Saturday in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield was their first together.

Sent off the $4.60 favourite and after racing wide, Russian Revolution dug in the final 300m to defeat Snitty Kitty ($9) by a half-neck, with Hellbent ($16) a short half-head away third.

Beginning in 2008, the Snowdens ran a two-state stable in Sydney and Melbourne when training for Darley Stud, which then became known as Godolphin in 2014.

Zahra was the Snowdens main rider in Melbourne, but would often be replaced by Darley’s retained jockey Kerrin McEvoy when the big Group One races came around.

“It’s terrific to get a Group One with Mark,” Paul Snowden said.

“He was a part of my career down here for a little while through the Darley years but with Kerrin (McEvoy) he got replaced quite a lot of time when he could have been winning Group One’s in his own right.”

Russian Revolution is now a dual Group One winner at 1100m, having taken out last year’s Galaxy at Rosehill.

Snowden is hopeful connections will delay the four-year-old’s stud career further and allow him to race on.

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“I think he’s still improving,” Snowden said.

“The older he’s getting, the better he’s getting.

“He was there to get knocked off today with the work he did early and mid-race, but the fact is he stuck it out.

“We’ll have a meeting in the next few days.

“There’s the William Reid (at Moonee Valley) down here or we could send him up north.

“He’s not a one-hit wonder and there’s certainly races around for him.”

Zahra said Russian Revolution had to dig deep to win after being forced to race wide without cover.

“It was a dog fight over the last 100 metres between me and Bons Away and Snitty Kitty and Hellbent and luckily we were just too strong,” Zahra said.

“It’s real pleasing to win for them.

“It’s really pleasing that someone that’s supported you throughout your career, you can win a Group One with them.”

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