When Bill and Anne Anderson of Lauriston Bloodstock were the successful breeders and owners of the 2012 2YO Australian Pacing Gold Fillies winner, Musical Delight, they didn’t think things could get any better.
Ten days ago, Bill and Anne equalled that feat when winning the exact same APG fillies’ final with Musical Delight’s little sister, Queen Of Pop (Art Major – Top Tempo).
They then went one better when they were the successful breeders of Friday night’s winner of the $322,000 APG two-year-old colts division, Follow The Stars.
“Winning the APG Final in 2012 with Musical Delight was incredible, but to bred both of the two-year-old winners and own one of them was something else,” said Anne Anderson. “It is definitely the highlight of our breeding to date,” she enthused.
The Andersons also own Rosie O’Reilly, who looks very talented and finished fifth in the APG Fillies Final. However, it is Follow The Stars who has Anne very excited.
“I don’t want to get too carried away at this early stage, but he could be anything. He has done everything Mark (Purdon) has asked him to date anyway,” said Anderson.
The Andersons have formed a good association with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen in recent years.
“They are fantastic trainers, so we were stoked when they bought Follow The Stars from us last year as we knew he would get the best opportunity possible.”
“Mark has been out to our place in Victoria a few times now and also purchased Group One winning filly Willow from us.”
Mark Purdon was also the trainer of the very good mare Top Tempo, who is quickly becoming the Anderson’s broodmare gem.
“We rung him up before we purchased her and Mark (Purdon) said that she was a great race mare and to go right ahead, so I guess we owe him for that a bit as well,” she quipped.
When asked what Follow The Stars was like as a yearling, Anderson said that he wasn’t a complete standout to look at but added that he always showed extreme athleticism.
“He always used to pace around the yard and is very light on his feet, so I guess that is what caught Mark’s eye.
“Had paid $20,000 for him but said that he like him that much that he would have gone to $45, 000,” she added.
Follow The Stars is a son of Art Major and Cam’s Card Shark mare Smyrna Duruisseau.
“He is the first colt from the mare. We have just weaned an American Ideal filly from her and she is in foal to Sportswritter, so it is all go,” said Anderson.
“Sportswritter has made quite a big impression in Australia so far and, like Art Major, is from the Artsplace line so he should be suited to Smyrna Duruisseau,” she concluded.
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By Mitchell Robertson