Harness racing needs its pin up stars and there’s no bigger star at the moment in Australasia than Follow The Stars.
Punters backed Follow The Stars into $1:10 after a brilliant semi final win at Ballarat last Saturday.
One punter dropped $50,000 on Follow The Stars at that money and he would have had few worries during the running.
The Mark Purdon trained son of Art Major was at his brilliant best today at Tabcorp Park Melton, taking out the American Ideal @ Woodlands Breeders Crown Final for two-year-olds.
Working straight to the lead despite an outside-front-row draw, Follow The Stars controlled the race like he has done nine times before (from 10 career starts -- and his only defeat came in the Harness Jewels in New Zealand when he got knocked over, so he arguably he should have a perfect record).
Follow The Stars cruised home by 4.9 metres over stablemate Kept Under Wraps for Greg Sugars, while My Field Marshall, from the Tim Butt stables, made it a trifecta for the Kiwis.
While the Kiwi trainers dominated the race, there was a strong Australian connection with the winner – with Lauriston Bloodstock having bred the winner.
Follow The Stars recorded a winning mile rate of 1:56.7, finishing off with a smart 55.7secs for the last half-mile.
Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria