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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Winning Wingatui treble includes special victory

A winning treble for White Robe Lodge on a big day of racing at Wingatui included one extra special victory. Trainers Brian and Shane Anderton produced Patraine (Almanzor-Notable-Danzighill), Mayor Of Norwood (Ghibellines-Gallant Babe-Gallant Guru) and Cherryville (Ghibellines-Cherry Creek-Monashee Mountain) for impressive wins on Saturday. Patraine is bred and raced by Brian and Hec Anderton and named after their wives, the late Lorraine Anderton and Pat Anderton. Brian was thrilled to be able to share in a special win with his brother at the track they have both had outstanding success at. “Hec and I bred the horse and race it together and she is named her after Lorraine and Pat, it is very special to both of us,” Brian Anderton said.  “We have given this mare a bit of time and she has done a great job this time in.” “Her first three runs were all good and she has improved with a bit of racing.” “The 1600m suited her and even though she didn’t have a lot of luck, she was able to win quite impressively.”

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Ancient Spirit Makes Outstanding Sales Debut

Ancient Spirit’s siring career took a massive leap forward with his outstanding results at the National Yearling Sales at Karaka. The freshman sire added to White Robe Lodge’s rich legacy at Karaka when his four yearlings were sold at strong prices. White Robe Lodge Principal Brian Anderton was delighted with the way the stud’s yearlings presented and he was just as delighted with his sire’s first sales results. “The results at Karaka were great and long may they continue,” Anderton said. “Ancient Spirit is a very well bred horse and he was a smart racehorse himself.” “He has everything there to be a good sire and so far everything is looking very positive.” “He leaves a good type and he stamps his foals.” “He obviously impressed some good judges and it was great to see the yearlings go to good homes for good prices.”

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Gore Double Comes In Exciting Time For White Robe Lodge

Wins from Bauble and Bowler at Gore have come during an exciting time for White Robe Lodge. Trainers Brian and Shane Anderton enjoyed a great Gore Cup Day, producing three placegetters alongside their two deserving winners. Bowler (Ghibellines-Fascinate-Falkirk) powered to his maiden victory when relishing stepping back up over 2000m for rider Corey Campbell. The four-year-old is raced by Brian Anderton, the estate of the late Lorraine Anderton alongside Eric Parr’s Parr Bloodstock. The son of the stakes-winning mare Fascinate has improved with every start and he put that on show when running to the line strongly to win. “He is a nice horse and he is getting better all the time,” Brian Anderton said. “His mother was a nice mare but she didn’t jump out of the ground early, she got better as she went along too.”

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Capo Dell Impero Powers To Emphatic Waikouaiti Cup Victory

Capo Dell Impero booked his ticket into the Dunedin Gold Cup in style with his commanding win in the Waikouaiti Cup at Wingatui. The classy six-year-old took his career earnings just shy of $200,000 when powering to the line to win Saturday’s 2200m feature for White Robe Lodge trainers Brian and Shane Anderton. Though he has won thousands of races during his illustrious career, Brian Anderton was still bursting with pride for his horse and his team following Capo Dell Impero’s powerful victory. “I was proud of the horse and proud of our staff with the way he was presented and how he ran,” Anderton said. “He looked magnificent in the birdcage, the team had him polished up and he looked ready to run a great race.” “And he did that, Corey rode him patiently and didn’t panic.” “Once he got into the clear he ran away from them and was very impressive.”

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Capo Dell Impero shows his class in Cromwell Cup win

Class prevailed when Capo Dell Impero charged through the pack to win the Cromwell Cup on Sunday. The White Robe Lodge-trained son of Ghibellines gained a deserved victory after his outstanding fifth in the recent Group Three Coupland’s Bakeries Mile. Capo Dell Impero (Ghibellines-Gallant Babe-Gallant Guru) produced one of the fastest closing 600m splits in the Riccarton feature. That looked outstanding form for the Cromwell Cup, and it proved to be the case when Capo Dell Impero burst through mid-pack to score on Sunday. “He is a class animal, and he was right on the tail of those North Island horses in the Coupland’s Mile,” Brian Anderton said. “It was time to step him up to a mile and a quarter and he ran a great race.” “He has always been a nice horse, and his record past a mile is very good.”

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Trader & Madam Dubai impress on Melbourne Cup Day

The impressive Melbourne Cup Day victory of Trader continued an outstanding association between White Robe Lodge and his owners. Trader (Ghibellines- Zerperfluous-Zerpour) charged out of the pack to clear maidens in style for trainers Brian and Shane Anderton. Trader is raced by outstanding White Robe Lodge clients Ian and Sue Nichol and Ray and Alison Kean. The two local couples have raced a long list of winners from the Anderton stable with many of them also bred by White Robe Lodge. In Trader, the Nichols and the Keans look to have found another quality animal. “He is a nice horse, we set him for this race and it was very satisfying that he was able to do it,” Brian Anderton said. “The Nichols and the Keans have been great owners and very loyal to us.”

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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

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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