Follow The Stars won 10 of his 11 starts as a 2YO and $455,409, he won in a career-best 1:53.8 at his second start in the Group 3 NZ Sapling Stakes in February and maintained his brilliance right to the end of a long freshman campaign, capturing the Group 1 $297,000 Breeders Crown Final at Melton at his final start, ripping home in 55.7 after being required to work overtime from an awkward barrier draw.
He also made a clean sweep of the Australian Pacing Gold series at Melton, winning the Group 1 $322,000 Final in 1:54.1 (1720m), as well as the $100,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes, his third Group 1 success, at Auckland. Legendary NZ horseman Mark Purdon who trained Follow The Stars said after the Breeders Crown: “There is something special about this horse. He has a real x-factor about him. I would say he is more than up with the best two-year-olds I’ve trained…he is the best.”
As a 3YO Follow The Stars was among the top bracket. He won nine of his 15 starts and $251,828 including successes in the Caduceus Club Cup, Waikato Guineas, Reg Withers Classic (Kilmore), a heat and semi-final of the Vicbred and a heat of the Breeders Crown. He also finished second in the NZ, Great Northern and Victoria Derbies and the Vicbred Final and third in the Breeders Crown and Harness Jewels.
In all, Follow The Stars won 19 races and was nine times placed from 29 starts for $707,237 in stakes.
Follow The Stars has a double strain of the blood of Abercrombie, three strong crosses of Albatross and a dose of Cam Fella and Overtrick which certainly makes him appealing to breeders.
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