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Staying mare Soprano Supreme (5 m Contributer – Falsetto, by Zabeel) indicated her readiness for upcoming Cup assignments when winning the $30,000 Rating 75 2400 metres on Saturday at Te Rapa.

Good enough to campaign during the autumn in Brisbane, where she finished second in the Gold Coast Cup (2400m), Soprano Supreme had produced the fastest last 600m (34.6) for fourth in the Rating 86 2200 metres on 5 November at Te Rapa, and emulated the feat.

Soprano Supreme was given a patient ride by two-kilo claiming Te Akau apprentice Niranjan Parmar, spotting 11th of 13 and standing the leader eight lengths 600m out, before unleashing wide on the track and flying home for a nose margin victory.

“I was well back like I was last time, but I was pretty confident and thought they were going fast enough from the 800 metres and I pulled her out at the right time,” Parmar said.

“She worked really well in morning track work when Opie (Bosson) rode her and he said she was going well.

“I was claiming three (kilos), but am claiming two now and the horses are running for me. I am pretty lucky, working hard, and my boss is helping me with my riding.”

In the race sponsored by Dunstan Feeds, Soprano Supreme ran 2400 metres in 2:33.8, last 600m 35.5, and drifted in betting to pay $7.00 & $2.70 on the NZ TAB tote.

“We’ve given her a bit of time, but she’s getting stronger and we took the blinkers off,” said trainer Mark Walker.

“Her last run here was good, on a day that favoured horses on speed, and Parmar is riding terrifically. That was his sixth winner for the week, so he’s riding very well.

“We think she might be an Auckland Cup chance, so we’ll just hope she continues on through the grades and see where we end up.”

Soprano Supreme became the fourth mare by Mapperley Stud stallion Contributer (High Chaparral) to win for the stable in November, following Campionessa in the Metropolitan Trophy (Listed, 2500m), and dominant Maiden winners Elounda and Family Ties.

Purchased by David Ellis CNZM and Fortuna Syndications for $62,500 at 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Te Runga Stud, Soprano Supreme is from first crop of Champion Australian Middle Distance Horse of the Year Contributer (High Chaparral), dual Group One winner of the Chipping Norton (Gr. 1, 1600m) and Ranvet Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m).

Dam Falsetto, by legendary stallion Zabeel (Sir Tristram), was an impressive three-time winner from 1600m – 2100m and placed in the NZ Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m).

John Galvin, the Fortuna Racing Syndicate manager, said: “Thank you Dave (Smith) for your sponsorship. We’ve known each other for a long time through the racing club and your days as former Chairman.

“Soprano Supreme really showed us a lot through the autumn. She’s had a bit of a stuttering start to the season, but a staying mare and her run here last start was encouraging enough to suggest she would run well.

“Although, I thought at the 300m mark we would finish about fifth and I’d love to see those sectionals. It was a great effort by Parmar, who timed his run to perfection. I think he’s been taking lessons from Noel Harris.

“Congratulations to the group of owners and we seem to have a really nice staying type of mare. It looks as though she has a bright future in front of her.”

Soprano Supreme carries a pedigree cross of immortal stallion Northern Dancer.

Soprano Supreme was strapped by Shaun Magee.

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