Deserved stakes win for Burgie

Burgie sprints to a deserved stakes win in the Warstep Stakes for rider Terry Moseley

By Jonny Turner

All signs point to Burgie delivering even more success in the spring when she returns from a well-deserved spell.

Burgie (Ghibellines-Norah-Gallant Guru) powered out of the pack to win the Listed Warstep Stakes at Riccarton last month to cap an excellent autumn for trainers Brian and Shane Anderton.

After her fifth in her previous start in the NZB Insurance Stakes at Riccarton and splitting two quality colts in Fire Glow and Palametto (by Ghibellines) in her prior outing, the filly was due her turn in the winner’s circle.

And she took it when relishing the step up to 2000m under rider Terry Moseley.

“She was very unlucky in her last start, she ran the fastest last 600m of the race,” Brian Anderton said.

“She had been very consistent right through and she raced well against the colts on more than one occasion.”

“It is an old family that we got into many years ago when we bought great grandmother Josie (by Ribotlight).”

“After Josie we had Renee, named after my granddaughter.”

“Then we had Anna, Norah and then we had this filly and we called her Burgie.”

“We have a full sister to her she and we are going to call her Mabel.”

“We are just in the early stages with her, we have some lovely fillies in work that we are getting ready.”

After making great progress in the autumn there looks to be no reason Burgie can’t return an even better prospect now that she has had some racing.

“She was running on at the end of her mile races and she handled going 2000m very well in the Warstep.”
“I think she will be a 2000m-2400m horse.”

“She is up at Middlemarch. There is beautiful feed up there in the autumn.”

“We won’t rush her back into work.  She can have a good break and hopefully she will come back in and do another nice job.”

Burgie was bred by Brian and Lorraine Anderton and they race the filly with BJ’s Southern Syndicate.

Shane Anderton was rapt the group was able to secure a black-type win at Riccarton.

“It’s a fantastic result,” Shane Anderton said.

“She’s obviously White Robe Lodge born and bred, and the B J’s Southern Syndicate have been one of our longest-serving clients.”

“They’ve been there basically since we first started syndicating horses, and they’ve raced quite a few good horses over the years. Now they’ve got another one.”

As well as Burgie’s two-year-old full sister, Norah has left a weanling colt by Jon Snow.