Coldplay in tune for Group One glory

Coldplay (Craig Grylls) on her way to another impressive win at Te Rapa today.

Coldplay (Craig Grylls) on her way to another impressive win at Te Rapa today.

Having not missed a beat this season, Coldplay is now in line to show she belongs on the Group One stage.

The last-start Gr.3 Eagle Technology Stakes winner added the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa to her record today, exactly a year after she had claimed the Gr.3 Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni.

“She’s a typical Savabeel who has come of age as a four-year-old,” said Andrew Forsman, who prepares the mare with Murray Baker.

“What she did as a three-year-old last season was on raw ability alone. She’s much stronger and mature now.”

Given a cosy run behind the pace by Craig Grylls, Coldplay was angled into the clear in the straight and she proved too strong in the closing 100 metres to win by three-quarters of a length.

Her next assignment has yet to be confirmed, but it’s a fair bet that it will be a Group One challenge.

“That’s all that is missing for her,” said Forsman. “It’s just a matter of finding the right one. It could be the Zabeel Classic to see whether she runs 2000 metres and then maybe freshen her up for the Thorndon.”

Coldplay completed an outstanding day for her Cambridge stable, which earlier won the Gr.3 Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup with Lizzie L’Amour and the Wentwood Grange 2YO with Caesour’s Dream.

“It’s been a very good day,” said Forsman. “We thought Bonneval would have gone closer in the first race, but she’ll keep – she’s a good filly.”

Coldplay is owned by Garry Chittick and long-time friend, Gary Wallace, with the latter having bred her. Waikato Stud will be offering her sister (Lot 170) during the Premier Sale at Karaka in January.

– NZ Racing Desk.