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Promising mare Soprano Supreme showed she had a bright future ahead of her with an emphatic 5 length victory at Matamata Racing Club for trainer Jamie Richards. The daughter of leading Contributer was tuned up to perform well after an encouraging first up run when she ran into 2nd placing behind Te Akau stablemate Felicienne.

Jumping from an awkward barrier, apprentice jockey Joe Kamaruddin used his initiative to position Soprano Supreme on the speed sitting just outside the leader. Travelling the best approaching the turn, she quickly took control of the race early in the straight and continued to widen her lead right up to the finishing post.

“I was really pleased with the way she won and the ride” said Jamie Richards.

“Joe was positive from the gates and the plan was to go forward if she jumped well. She’s been a slow maturing mare who has needed time but hopefully we are on the right track with her now”

A $62.500 by leading NZ buyer D C Ellis and Fortuna Syndicate, Soprano Supreme was bought out of the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales.

Soprano Supreme is out the mare Falsetto who was placed in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks as an 3 year-old. Falsetto is by the legendary sire Zabeel, a broodmare sire that has always nicked well with High Chaparral and his sons at stud.

“The High Chaparral – Zabeel cross has been a potent cross for New Zealand breeders, you just need to look at the champions bred on this cross” said Stud Master Simms Davison

“This Zabeel line has performed well with High Chaparral first sons at stud in Australia so we expected this would continue with Contributer”

“He (Contributer) has had plenty of winners over the summer racing period, he’s unearthed some very exciting gallopers and we are looking forward to them targeting stakes races in the Autumn”

Contributer will be represented by 22 yearlings at the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales at Karaka in March 20222.

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