Proven Thoroughbred Nursery for more than 55 years....

Proven Thoroughbred Nursery for more than 55 years....


The Training arm of the White Robe Lodge business trains both at home and at the Wingatui track in Mosgiel. It currently employs 10 staff with Brian and Shane overseeing the whole operation.

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Currently standing : Ancient Spirit and Ghibellines and Gallant Guru and Raise The Flag

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Latest News

Ghibellines produces impressive debutante

White Robe Lodge sire Ghibellines just keeps leaving quality horses and outstanding debut winner Palmetto is a prime example of that. Without having had a trial, the two-year-old strode away from his rivals in a brilliant effort in his first racetrack appearance for trainer Sally McKay. Rider Rohan Mudhoo sat Palmetto (Ghibellines-Carolina Island-Darci Brahma) just off the speed in his 1000m Riccarton assignment. When Mudhoo asked the gelding for an effort on the home turn Palmetto exploded away from his opposition and went on to score by more than three lengths. The galloper looks to have a big future going by his impressive performance, as does another Ghibellines galloper in Smokin Romans (Ghibellines- Inferno-Yamanin Vital).

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Raise You Ten to our to honour the late Frank Conway

Trainer Brian Anderton is hoping to honour a good friend by producing Raise You Ten for a special win in the Waimate Cup at Timaru on Sunday following the passing of his owner Frank Conway last week. Anderton and Conway became friends when the White Robe Lodge trainer was campaigning horses in the North Island in the 1970s. At the same time Conway’s star mare Mayo Gold was doing incredible things on the North Island race tracks. Over six decades their association continued as both friends and through Conway breeding and racing a line of horses at White Robe Lodge

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White Robe Lodge delighted to secure exciting stallion Ancient Spirit

White Robe Lodge is thrilled to announce the purchase of their exciting sire prospect Ancient Spirit who will stand at the leading thoroughbred nursery for the first time this spring. Proprietors Brian and Lorraine Anderton and stud managers Wayne and Karen Stewart are eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2018’s champion three-year-old miler in both Italy and Germany, who will arrive at their North Taieri property in the coming weeks. By champion sire Invincible Spirit, from Galileo mare Assisi, Ancient Spirit offers both Southern breeders and broodmare owners across New Zealand the chance to access world-class genetics. Ancient Spirit’s rich pedigree was a big attraction when Brian Anderton was offered the chance to secure his exciting new sire. The well bred stallion was purchased through Ed Stapleton Bloodstock of Ireland, with Marcus Corban also very instrumental in the transaction

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WRL's most Senior Client - RIP Mr Frank Conway

Any New Zealand racing fan with a memory going back half a century will prick their ears at the mention of the names Frank Conway and Mayo Gold. He a hard-working Irish immigrant and she a champion two and three-year-old in the late 1960s, together they rose from humble beginnings to share an incredible legacy. Those and other memories came flooding back through a phone call last week regarding delivery of RaceForm to a North Canterbury retirement village. Long story short, Frank Conway’s daughter Kathy Chubb was inquiring as to the timing of the weekly edition which she had subscribed to for her father with the intention of keeping him in touch with racing.

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WRL stock dominate Australasian staying features

White Robe Lodge has enjoyed a brilliant month producing feature race winners in some of Australasia’s richest jumping races. The staying power of sire Raise The Flag was again on full display in when Riding High won the Australian Hurdle at Sandown. The seven-year-old notched the biggest win of his career with powering away from his rivals in a brilliant showing of stamina to take out the $125,000 feature for trainer Henry Dwyer and rider Clayton Douglas. Douglas credited Riding High (Raise The Flag-Enzed- Anziyan) for his ability to produce a sharp turn of foot at the end of a testing 3900m feature.

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Exchange produces stunning Riccarton victory

The White Robe Lodge bred and trained Exchange showed his class when producing a win that had to be seen to be believed at Riccarton on Saturday. The progressive four-year-old did himself and rider Jacob Lowry no favours when missing the kick in his 1600m assignment and then tailing the field by six lengths shortly after the start. The mishap would prove to be little more than a minor inconvenience for Exchange (Ghibellines-Swapping-Encosta De Lago) as he produced a stunning recovery to win. Owner Ray Kean, who races the galloper with wife Alison and Ian and Sue Nicol admitted he had all but given up hope when his horse was left a long and lonely last shortly after the start. “When he jumped like that I though gee this isn’t looking too good,” Kean said. 

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Welcome to White Robe Lodge

Established in 1956, the proven thoroughbred nursery White Robe Lodge has 300 acres situated at the northern end of the Taieri Plains and enjoys a unique climate, sheltered by the surrounding hills to the North and East.

After over 50 years in the thoroughbred business, we are proud to still be producing top class racehorses.


BJ   has had a book printed about his life and the establishment of White Robe Lodge and the business.  This is available to purchase from White Robe Lodge at $35 per copy + $5pp

Phone 03 4895308    or email or . 

Account Number for Book payment - 02 0938 0031318 000    ref BJ's Book


For Australian purchases -

BJ & LE ANDERTON 014 704 530904867 ANZ Surfers Paradise

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