Fortuna Racemare SOPRANO SUPREME dominant at Rotorua 3rd March – her 2nd career win

SOPRANO SUPREME – the 4yo racemare by Contributer out of Falsetto completely dominated her rivals in the Rating 65 1950 metere event at Rotorua 3rd March.  Unlucky at her last start at Ruakaka, due to being slow away, riding instructions to the very much in form Te Akau apprentice Joe Kamaruddin (claiming 1kg) were to go foward from the draw and take up a prominent position in the run. Joe executed this to perfection, she traveled nicely in the run, applied pressure to her rivals before the turn and sprinted home on straightening, at one point being six lengths clear in the straight, before being eased down and going to the line with 3.5 lengths to spare

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Trainer Jamie Richards watching from his Matamata base commented “She was great today wasn’t she? We had gone up to Ruakaka, expecting her to run really well and I was disappointed that she missed the kick and ended up back and then rattled home. She looked good, but had she been up in the race she probably would have been winning, simple as that. I made it clear to Joe (Kamaruddin): give her a good warm up, keep her on her toes before the start, get her out of the barrier and she’ll be awfully hard to beat. So it proved and she’s a progressive mare. She’s been given plenty of time to mature by John Galvin and his Fortuna Team and she’ll only continue to improve next season”


“Soprano Supreme” – Victorious at Rotorua 3rd March 2022

Fortuna Racing’s John Galvin was on course and said afterwards “That was a big thrill to watch her win like that – Obviously she won very well in Maiden grade at Matamata, and a bit unlucky last start at Ruakaka, the way the race was run, but today she got away well and in the end was just too dominant for the rest of the field – She’s a mare that’s needed time and Jamie  has certainly given her the opportunity. She’s by Contributer and out of a Zabeel mare, so bred to stay. We bought her as a stayer and she’s now starting to hit her straps. Horses like her are not easy to come by and she seems to be a really nice staying mare in the making. She’ll be up to Rating 74 grade now and providing she comes through the race in good order I guess it would be nice to give her a crack at that grade, see if we could get a win there, and then put her out.When she comes back in, she’ll be eligible for the Karaka Stayers race, Dunstan Feeds Stayers Series, those sorts of races could be targets for her and hopefully she could develop into a Cups type mare. We’ve had three wins in two days and 11 wins in nine weeks. And we still have four more runners, if you include Singapore, before we get to the end of the nine weeks this Saturday – well done to Joe Kamaruddin, he is riding in white hot form of late”

Soprano Supreme was acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the NZ Bloodstock 2019 Karaka Yearling Sale for $62,500 from the draft of Te Runga Stud.

She is raced by the Fortuna Soprano Supreme Syndicate, an Ownership group of 62 individuals from New Zealand, Singapore  and Hong Kong