Lightly raced mare Soubrettes (4m High Chaparral x Burlesque, by Thorn Park) gave notice of better things to come when taking out the Group III Lindauer Stewards Stakes at Riccarton in New Zealand on Wednesday.
Worldly-wise jockey David Walsh has ridden some outstanding thoroughbreds during his lengthy career so when he rates one as “very special” it carries particular significance.
The veteran horseman was rich in his praise of Soubrettes after her electrifying win.
“She’s showed plenty of talent from the word go and she clearly appreciates the six furlongs at Riccarton,” Walsh said.
“Whatever she runs in she is going to be very hard to beat.”
The Matt and Mandy Brown-trained mare came four wide on the turn and one crack with the whip from Walsh 200 metres from home was enough to see her explode clear.
“I got a beautiful run to the 650 and then there was a bit of buffeting and I got pushed out,” he said.
“She ranged up and that was it – she was gawking around the last 100 metres.”
Soubrettes has been nominated for the Group I Telegraph Handicap at Trentham and has now won four of her five starts.
Soubrettes was a $50,000 NZB Select purchase for Geoff and Jenetta Taylor, who race under their Octagon Bloodstock banner, and is out of Burlesque, a half-sister by Thorn Park to the Group I Otaki-Maori WFA winner Star Satire, the dam of Group II winners Satin Shoes and Zarzuela..
Soubrettes is the 61st stakes-winner worldwide for High Chaparral, currently in Australia at Jerry’s Plains.