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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Three-year-olds show class in quinella

Outstanding White Robe Lodge three-year-old Ruby's Lad primed himself for his guineas race targets with a big win at Wingatui on Saturday. Ruby's Lad (Ghibellines-Rubys Rose-Gallant Guru) headed home a quinella for trainers Brian and Shane Anderton and sire Ghibellines when powering out of the pack to beat a smart field of three-year-olds over 1200m for rider Corey Campbell. Ruby’s Lad made it win three in just his fourth start when holding out Burgie (Ghibellines-Norah-Gallant Guru) in an exciting finish. Both are promising horses, both are bred on the Ghibellines-Gallant Guru cross and they both look to be in for big three-year-old seasons.

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Brian & Shane Anderton reach 1000 wins

White Robe Lodge father and son Brian and Shane Anderton’s ultimate racing partnership reached an incredible milestone at Riverton on Saturday when the Phyllite notched their 1000th winner together. It was a case of 29 seasons together, dozens upon dozens of feature race wins and an incredible family bond culminating in the rarest of racing achievements. After all of their successes and his decades in the industry, the emotion of a special family moment wasn’t lost on Brian Anderton. “I’d like to think I’m a hard man but I had tears in my eyes.” “It is very moving, it didn’t start yesterday.” “Hec and I worked for Dad – father and two sons.” “Then it carried on with Hec and Steve and Shane and I.” “The whole thing brings back a lot of memories.”

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Treble for WRL with Ghibellines stock

Christmas came early for the White Robe Lodge team who produced outstanding results with a winning treble on Tapanui Cup Day. Burgie (Ghibellines-Norah-Gallant Guru) started the winning run off with a smart debut win over 1200m for Corey Campbell. Desperado (Ghibellines-Carefree-Yamanin Vital) scored next, running to a deserved win over 1200m for Jacob Lowry. Rosy Clark (Ghibellines-Nancy Wake-Personal Escort) sealed a winning treble for Brian and Shane Anderton and White Robe Lodge sire Ghibellines when breaking maidens over 1355m for Corey Campbell. Both Burgie and Rosy Clark are raced by Brian and Lorraine Anderton in partnership with syndicates that have been with White Robe Lodge for decades.

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Smokin’ Romans a star on the rise

The star of White Robe Lodge born and bred stayer Smokin’ Romans continued its impressive rise when he cleared out to win the Listed Pakenham Cup on Saturday. In the process, the exciting galloper continued the brilliant recent form of his sire Ghibellines who just a matter of days earlier produced his biggest ever result with Markuis Aureilus’ win in the Group 2 Couplands Bakeries Mile. Sold at Karaka in 2018 by Brian and Lorraine Anderton, the Cairon Maher and David Eustace trained Smokin’ Romans (Ghibellines-Inferno-Yamanin Vital) had created a big impression in just 17 starts before his breakout victory. The five-year-old took his game to a new level with a powerful win in the Listed Pakenham Cup leaving his co-trainer Eustace full of praise for him.

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Ghibellines son Markus Aurelius heads outstanding Cup Week

White Robe Lodge stallion Ghibellines continued his success when Markus Aurelius clinched his sire’s first Group race victory in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile amid strong results at the New Zealand Cup Carnival. The all-White Robe Lodge product, by Ghibellines from Brian and Lorraine Anderton’s Shinzig mare Evancho, produced a powerful display to win the $230,000 Group Two feature on the middle day of New Zealand Cup week. The victory continued a remarkable journey the five-year-old began at the 2018 South Island Sale when purchased from White Robe Lodge by Te Akau Racing's David Ellis for the bargain price of $13,000. After excellent performances over 1400m in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile Trial and Prelude, Markus Aurelius was primed to run a big race in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile. He didn’t let his army of supporters down when pulling out the biggest performance of his career to see his sire crowned a Group producing stallion.

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WRL Team fire on Melbourne Cup Day

White Robe Lodge has enjoyed plenty of success on Melbourne Cup Day at Wingatui and it continued when Brian and Shane Anderton produced two quinellas at this year’s meeting. Firstly, Prowler returned to racing in emphatic style when holding out her stablemate Capo Dell Impero to win race 2. Then, Direct Flight also produced a big fresh up win in race 8, with Ruby’s Lad following her across the line in second. Second placings from Slammer and Exchange added to a big day out on Tuesday on one of the biggest days of racing on the White Robe Lodge team’s home track.

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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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