Eleanor Rigby in sister’s footsteps

Eleanor Rigby (Opie Bosson) finishing strongly to clear maiden ranks at Matamata today.

Cambridge filly Eleanor Rigby took a step toward successfully following in the footsteps of her sister Coldplay when quitting maiden ranks at Matamata today.

A three-year-old daughter of Savabeel, Eleanor Rigby was having her fifth start when she turned on a winning performance in the Tirau Veterinary Services 1600 in the hands of Opie Bosson.

From the inside barrier, she settled towards the rear and burst between runners late in the home straight to beat Ambitious Showgirl.

“She’s a full sister to Coldplay, but a lot bigger than she was and has a bit more scope,’’ said co-trainer Andrew Forsman. ‘’She has just needed a bit of time. She could make a lovely four-year-old.’’

Coldplay was also part of the Murray Baker-Forsman stable and won six races and almost $270,000 in prizemoney.

Her first stakes win came in the 2015 Gr.3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni and she also won the Gr.3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie then the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa and in her final campaign she picked up the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie.

Eleanor Rigby had been placed in three of her earlier four starts, finishing strongly on each occasion. She flashed home for second on debut at Ruakaka last October then did likewise when fourth at Te Aroha and again made ground well when third fresh-up at Te Teko in late January.

Her only blemish in her formline was an eighth at Te Aroha last month and even then she ran on late to be under three lengths from the winner.

The Baker- Forsman stable was also to the fore in the second event today when Dam Reliable, a daughter of Reliable Man, prevailed when ridden by Matt Cameron in the Tokoroa Cosmopolitan Club 1400.

She enjoyed a good run in the trail and after being angled out at the 300m she soon took over and went to the line nicely, scoring by three-quarters of a length from the Tony Pike-trained Harbourside.

“She was fresh and had been working well,’’ said Forsman. “Matt rode her well.’’

Dam Reliable had failed to do better than a fifth in three previous starts, but on that occasion she showed some promise when running on well.