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

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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Palmetto bags another prize for Ghibellines

Ghibellines' star son Palmetto took home another big purse when prevailing in a thrilling finish to the A$1 million Five Diamonds Prelude (1500m) at Randwick recently. The multiple-stakes-winning five-year-old stuck his neck out at the right time for rider Kathy O'Hara to claim his biggest payday and push his career earnings past $1 million. Trained by John Sargent, Palmetto (Ghibellines-Carolina Island-Darci Brahma) was an outstanding performer for Southern trainer Sally McKay, winning both the Listed Dunedin Guineas (1500m) and Southland Guineas (1600m) before crossing the Tasman. Though the majority of the horse's ownership headed overseas, Palmetto's original owners retained shares in the classy galloper, and they were at Randwick to cheer their horse home in the most thrilling of finishes.

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Vale Lorraine Anderton

It was with great sadness that White Robe Lodge announced the passing of its co-principal Lorraine Anderton on Saturday. Her husband and soulmate Brian Anderton described Lorraine as the backbone of White Robe Lodge. Since its establishment in 1956, White Robe Lodge has been a unique and special business built on family. Brian and Lorraine raised their children Karen, Cathryn, Lynne, Shane, and Nicky while developing the stud into a remarkable business.   Had it not been for Lorraine’s dedication and hard work White Robe Lodge would not be the successful stud and stable it is today. “She was the main spoke in the wheel,” Brian Anderton said.

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Ghibellines fillies add to sire’s great season

The race was only 1000m, but it didn’t stop Move On from showing off her stamina in a powerful debut victory at Riccarton on Saturday. Move On (Ghibellines-Turn The Page-Danzighill) came down the worst part of a testing Riccarton track to win her first start for trainers Brian and Shane Anderton. With her racing career underway successfully, Brian Anderton is now looking forward to seeing the filly work towards bigger targets. “We think she is well above average, she is a good doing filly with a good head on her.” “She’s got the constitution for racing and being out of Turn The Page, I think she is well named too.”

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Palmetto earns Group One Doomben Cup Tilt

Palmetto yet again brought his best when the big money was on the line when winning the A$500,000 The Coast (1600m) at Gosford. The son of Ghibellines charged out of the pack to bank the winner’s slice of a lucrative race stake for trainer John Sargent and rider Kerrin McEvoy. Palmetto (Ghibellines-Carolina Island-Darci Brahma) was a standout performer in New Zealand, winning the Listed Southland Guineas (1600m) and the Listed Dunedin Guineas (1500m). His outstanding success in the south prompted the horse’s sale out of Sally McKay’s stable to clients of the Sargent stable.

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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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