Trader & Madam Dubai impress on Melbourne Cup Day

Madam Dubai produced win two in start three for White Robe Lodge on Melbourne Cup Day

By Jonny Turner

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.”

“Being locals we wanted to have the horse ready to go for the big day at our home track.”

“The horse had always shown us good ability and his work leading into it had been very good.”

There looks little doubt Trader the White Robe Lodge-Nichol-Kean combination look to have a southern guineas horse on their hands. 

“We have freshened him up after his win, he came through it well,” Brian Anderton said.

“He has always shown a bit, but we have waited on him.”

“He had that one start as a two-year-old then we took the patient approach.”

“Hopefully it will pay off again as the season goes on.”

Trader is by Ghibellines from Zerperfluous, who has been a great producer despite being something of a shy producer.

The mare has left Bourbon Goldman (Gallant Guru-Zerperflous-Zerpour), the winner of five races and S$460,185 in Singapore.

Zerperfluous also left the quality black-type mare Fascinate (Falkirk-Zerperflous-Zerpour), a Listed winner who won 10 races and $183,535.

The Anderton stable also have a quality sprinting mare on their hands in Madam Dubai.

The four-year-old made it two in a row when powering to a strong win over 1400m in the last race on Melbourne Cup Day at Wingatui.

Madam Dubai is raced by Wayne and Karen Stewart along with Jack Stewart & Emma Stewart.

The family appear to have unearthed a gem in the Australian bred mare.

“She came from Peter Moody’s, she hadn’t done a lot wrong but the owners decided to move her on.”

“She has settled in really well and she can’t have done much more in her last two wins, she has been very impressive.”

“And I don’t think she’s finished yet, the family is going to have a bit of fun with her.”

Ghibellines’ success carried on from Melbourne Cup week into New Zealand Cup week.

Noble Knight (Ghibellines-Flight Arrival-Yamanin Vital) put yet another win on his golden cross with Yamanin Vital when running to an impressive win over 2600m.