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Soubrettes Thrives During Time Off
An extended break has done exciting sprinter Soubrettes (High Chaparral-Burlesque, by Thorn Park) the world of good, according to her co-trainer Matt Brown, reports NZ Racing Desk. The star southern mare is back in work and will have a trial at the end of the month to ready her for a return to racing. "She's done a month here and we're very happy with her, she's come back a much stronger mare," said Brown, who prepares the daughter of High Chaparral with his wife Mandy. "She'll probably have a trial at Rangiora at the end of August and then we'll follow the same programme as last year with her." Soubrettes made rapid progress last spring with two lower grade wins preceding her scintillating victory in the Gr3 Stewards' Stakes at Riccarton. She then took on Gr1 company at her sixth appearance in The Telegraph and finished a creditable fifth behind Sacred Star. "We'll be heading toward the Telegraph again," Brown said. "She's come up much better this time and, while she's still learning the game, she's a lot better mentally." Soubrettes did return to the stable in the autumn and trialled at Ashburton in March before she was sent back to the paddock. "She did a bit of work, but she was going through a growing stage so we put her out again," Brown said. "The owner has been very patient and the extra time has done the mare the world of good." Soubrettes dam, Burlesque, is a half-sister by Thorn Park to Gr1 Otaki-Maori WFA winner Star Satire, who in turn is the mother of Gr2 winners Satin Shoes and Zarzuela from the family of Gr1 winners Ray's Hope, Silver Nymph and Silver Wraith.