Newgate Farm's Russian Revolution (Snitzel) proved the most popular first-season sire at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, with eight of his progeny selling for $680,500 and Sledmere Stud and Cangon teamed up to buy the most expensive of those on Friday when they spent $200,000 on a colt by the son of Snitzel (Redoute's Choice).
There were good vibes surrounding the first-crop of the dual Group 1-winning stallion and they certainly did not disappoint buyers at the sale and Royston Murphy said he was a huge fan of the young stallion and believes the good buzz surrounding his weanlings will carry through to the yearling sales.
"We're very big fans of Russian Revolution," said Murphy. "We've seen his stock at home and I think his stock will come here in January and be very popular.
"When the trainers get to see them I think they will see what we see. They are good, athletic horses who are well-muscled."
Catalogued as Lot 947 and offered by Newgate Farm, the colt is out the eighth foal out of the unraced Secret Savings (Seeking The Gold) mare Silent Cash, making him a half-brother to Vain Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) winner Get The Nod (U S Ranger).
Silent Cash herself is a half-sister to Group 2-placed Silent By Deadly (Choisir), while further back this is the same family as Group 3 winner Golden Twig (Twig Moss) and Listed scorer Leo De Capio (Lope De Vega).
Newgate Farm owner Henry Field said he was pleased with the way the progeny of Russian Revolution had been received by the buyers.
"He is throwing fast looking horses, very powerful, athletic and one attribute they all have is great quality and wonderful eye, nostril and head," said Field.
"They are sharp and fast looking and very consistent. I love with a stallion when they are throwing consistent stock and he is certainly doing that. He bred more mares in his second season, than in his first season and that was purely off the back of the quality of his foals. He has been very popular.
"The beauty of Russian Revolution was that he was brilliantly fast, but I think he will inject speed into more of the staying types, he has had a cross section of mares."
Field said the top-priced colt by the stallion was a clone of Russian Revolution, so had expected him to be well received.
"He was a clone of his father and he was very popular with everyone here at the complex," said Field.
As well as purchasing this colt, Sledmere Stud also sold 11 weanlings for an aggregate of $824,000 at an average of $74,900 over the two days of trade.