FORMER star juvenile and potent stallion Follow The Stars is in the move.
Having finalised a deal with the stallion’s owner, New South Wales-based breeding establishment Medowie Lodge will stand Follow The Stars for the 2021 season.
The 2014 Australian and New Zealand Two-Year-Old of the Year , Follow The Stars won 10 of his 11 starts and $455,409 as a freshmen – a scrimmage putting him out of the race at his other appearance in the Harness Jewels at Cambridge.
He won in a career-best 1:53.8 at his second start in the Group Three NZ Sapling Stakes in February and maintained his brilliance right to the end of a long two-year-old campaign.
He captured the Group One $297,000 Breeders’ Crown Final at Melton at his final start, ripping home in 55.7 seconds after being required to work overtime from an awkward barrier draw.
The charismatic colt also made a clean sweep of the Australian Pacing Gold series at Melton, winning the Group One $322,000 Final in runaway fashion in 1:54.1 for 1720 metres, as well as the $100,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes – his third Group One success in Auckland.
Legendary 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 three-year-old 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, a heat and semi-final of the Vicbred and a heat of the Breeders’ Crown.
In all, Follow The Stars won 19 of his 29 starts, with nine placings and $707,237 in stakes also to his credit.
He is from the powerful U24 – Lida family. This is the same family as hall of fame champion Beach Towel which had a spectacular racing career and was crowned 1990 Horse of the Year.
As a sire, Follow The Stars’ third crop are two-year-olds, with his stock including Group One winner Blackjack Baby.
Blackjack Baby is favourite to claim a second top shelf victory in tomorrow night’s Westbred Classic at Gloucester Park.
The classy filly is one of three of Follow The Stars’ daughters in the feature.
Standing at $3300, Follow The Stars also fits into New South Wales colonial stallion rebate, which reduces his fee by $500 for eligible mares.
Follow The Stars’ progeny will be eligible for the rich New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge and corresponding bonuses as well as other state futurities as per each series’ conditions.