Time has served Coldplay well and she now looks set to challenge for higher honours after maintaining her unbeaten record this season.
The Savabeel mare successfully resumed in Rating 75 company last month and yesterday she added the group three Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie to her record.
"She has matured and come into her own as a 4-year-old," said Andrew Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker.
"She was a touch weak as a 3-year-old and wasn't really finishing her races off, but she's the real deal now."
While the Waikato Stud-raced mare may have lacked strength last term, her victory in the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes was an indication of her natural talent.
"She's probably best at a mile and ridden off the speed," Forsman said. "We were thinking of the Cal Isuzu Stakes for her at Te Rapa in a couple of weeks, but we'll wait and see how she comes through this first."
Coldplay enjoyed a good run three back and one off the fence and she finished resolutely to get the better of Ronchi, who took control 250 metres from home.
"He's a hard horse to catch once he gets in front and she really knuckled down," Forsman said. "I thought she may have too much to do so it was a really good effort."
The last-start rating 75 winner Stylish Attack gave a bold account of herself to come from the back for third.
Meanwhile. the appropriately-named Top Prospect completed a hat-trick of victories for Pukekohe horseman Richard Collett with a sublime performance in the hands of his daughter Alysha to win the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial earlier on the Ellerslie card.
"He's doing all the talking " he's a very good horse," Collett said.
The chestnut's impressive finishing burst earned him a three-quarter of a length margin on Barcelo, who enjoyed an economical run near the pace on the fence all the way with Creative Genius coming home strongly from the back of the field for third.
- NZ Racing Desk.