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 : Ghibellines and Gallant Guru and Raise The Flag

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Latest News

Wally O’Hearn – one of the truly good guys

Racing bid farewell to one of its true-blue good guys when Wally O’Hearn lost his brave fight with cancer early Saturday morning. Hours later, jockeys riding in the second race at Riccarton wore black armbands as a mark of respect on what was one of Wally’s favourite racedays. The name W R O’Hearn appeared in the racebook as a part-owner of Letsbringiton, who rallied for fifth but like Race 9 runner Where’s Wally, wasn’t quite able to carry the day. Wally O’Hearn learnt during more than four decades in racing that fairy tales only rarely came true, but no matter what, there was never any shortage of fun to be had during his life as a journalist, owner, breeder and all-round enthusiast.

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Markus Aurelius ends Cup Week in style

The New Zealand Cup Carnival was wrapped up in style when Ghibellines’ exciting son Markus Aurelius powered home to win its final event. Slotted in behind the speed by rider Opie Bosson, the White Robe Lodge bred cleared out by more than three lengths in his brilliant 1600m victory. Markus Aurelius (Ghibellines-Evancho-Shinzig) has been a constant improver since first stepping out for trainer Jamie Richards, who described the four-year-old as a horse on the rise. “He was able to capitalize on a good draw and raced prominently,” Richards said in Te Akau Racing’s post-race report. “Opie had a lapful of horse when he turned for home.”

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Gallant Boy’s Melbourne Cup Day Hat-trick

Gallant Boy pulled off a Makybe Diva style milestone when completing a hat-trick of wins in the feature sprint at Wingatui on Melbourne Cup day. The Brian and Shane Anderton trained veteran got made it yet another winning season on the track when kicking off his 10-year-old season with an emphatic 1400m victory for rider Rahul Beeharry. The victory brought up career win number 14 for Gallant Boy (Gallant Guru-Mega Babe-Personal Escort) and gave him the incredible record of having won in each of the seven racing seasons. Gallant Boy is effectively a showcase for one of Melbourne Cups great Bart Cummings’ training theories. Cummings famously said patience was one of the cheapest things, but often the least used.

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Heberite starts winning weekend

Heberite started a winning run for White Robe Lodge stock that stretched across Australasia when scoring nicely at Wingatui on Friday. Heberite (Raise The Flag-Arurite-Rua Rukuna) relished being back on top of the ground, producing an excellent staying performance to win in rating 65 company over 2200m for trainers Brian and Shane Anderton and rider Jacob Lowry. The 6yr-old came in to race 3 after ploughing through a very testing heavy 11 Ascot Park track to run fifth in his first attempt over 2200m. Heberite produced a brave fifth, but was clearly more comfortable on the dead 5 Wingatui track when clearing out from his rivals to win by a length and a half.

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WRL's most "Senior" Client

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. Until recently Conway had lived in Auckland, having arrived there in 1953 after spending his first two years Down Under in Australia. He and two compatriots set up a painting business and through hard work flourished to the point that in 1967 Conway decided to indulge his long-held desire to race a horse.

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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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