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The Stuart Pettigrew-trained Gimmethegreenlight filly Follow Me is the forgotten horse of the big Classic meeting at Turffontein Standside on Saturday and one of the day’s sponsors, World Sports Betting, have her way out at 16/1 for the Grade 1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic.
Pettigrew said earlier in the season before the running of the Grade 3 HSH Princess Charlene Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein, “”Follow Me is a very good filly. The 1400m will be too sharp for her but for the SA Classic … they can bring Desert Miracle!”
Jockey Diego De Gouveia said a line could be drawn through Follow Me’s last start in the Grade 2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and added, “She tried to do a U-Turn at the start. It was her first time under the lights. Sometimes that has a big effect on a filly and her attitude was bad throughout the preliminaries. She is not usually like that and I think a line can be drawn through that race. She does have a tough draw but I think she is a live wire in this race.”
Follow Me had second time blinkers on for that race too and they have been dispensed with.
She has done nothing wrong since Pettigrew made that bold statement.
She ran fourth in the 1400m event and then duly proved she was looking for further when coming out with first-time blinkers on and winning the Grade 3 Fillies Mile (see picture) by a comfortable 1,35 lengths from the useful Eternity Ring (Ideal World) with the subsequent Gauteng Fillies Guineas runner up Sprinkles (Elusive Fort) beaten 1,45 lengths into third.
She likely needed her next start where she sat at the back of a small field in a race which turned into a canter-sprint affair and did well to stay on for a third.
The blinkers were not on that time but were put on for the GFG and then came that calamity.
This is the trip she has been looking for and under a good rider she should be cherry ripe and could be the dark horse.
Follow Me is out of the Caesour mare Imperial State, who finished a short-head second in the Grade 3 Final Fling Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth in her final start.
Picture: Follow Me (JC Photos).