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Follow The Stars is heading to sire duties in Australia, and I can see multiple reasons why.

West Australian harness racing has received a tremendous boost with the news that champion juvenile pacer Follow The Stars will stand at stud at Bob Fowler’s Allwood Stud Farm in Bullsbrook this year.

Fowler purchased the four-year-old son of champion sire Art Major after he tore a tendon during the running of the group 1 Breeders Crown for three-year-old colts and geldings at Melton on August 30, in which he finished second to Menin Gate.

“Follow The Stars has been a terrific juvenile performer who has a lot to offer as a sire,” Fowler said. “He is a fine individual and has a lovely temperament. He will stand at stud this season for $2200, including GST.”

He’s a very “current” sire on pedigree with some potent inherited attributes to put on his CV.

He’s been an outstanding performer in a tough class. But more than that, he’s got a pedigree that ticks multiple boxes, as you need to do these days to get a siring career off the ground.

So the package you get with Follow The Stars will be

  • excellent individual performance and attributes
  • good siring line (newish and still a little unproven, but the Art Major line seems to be kicking on)
  • maternal line of Shy Ann which has produced many good sires and often in Australia, tougher types (his great-grandam is Dateable, from the so solid, so tough maternal line of Adios Betty and Shy Ann)
  • potential good nicks with a lot of good broodmares around now and in the future e.g. Bettor’s Delight mares, all those stunning In The Pocket line and Romola Hal line and outcross lines.

So good decision, good buy.

And hello to a another quality locally bred sire.

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… to my Shy Ann family article

One of the USA/Australian-bred members of Shy Ann’s family, Follow The Stars, took out the New Zealand Sapling Stakes today at Ashurton’s flying mile day in a very good 1:53.8.

The colt was bought by Mark Purdon at the APG Sales as a yearling. Link to article on the All Stars Stables website which gives the details of the breeding.

The connection is via Dateable/Tarport Martha/Adios Betty, one of the strongest branches of the family.

My article on Shy Ann can be found here or just use the Articles tab at the top of the blogsite

… to my blogs on the last foals of In The Pocket

Another interest in today’s racing at Ashburton was 5yo mare Highview Aria coming 3rd in her race, and 4yo mare Sara Holley coming 2nd in hers, after doing it tough three wide for much of the way. They are from ITP’s last and second to last crops. Twenty years after his first crop, he’s still got representatives running and doing well today. Remarkable! See my previous blogs about Sara Holley, and some dead but still with us sires.


Great racing at Ashburton today – highlights for me were Majestic Time’s win in the 3yo Hambeltonian Trot – didn’t he just fly! – and Ricky May’s drive on Helena Jet, talk about “threading the needle”!




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