Treble for WRL with Ghibellines stock


By Jonny Turner 

Christmas came early for the White Robe Lodge team who produced outstanding results with a winning treble on Tapanui Cup Day.

Burgie (Ghibellines-Norah-Gallant Guru) started the winning run off with a smart debut win over 1200m for Corey Campbell.

Desperado (Ghibellines-Carefree-Yamanin Vital) scored next, running to a deserved win over 1200m for Jacob Lowry.

Rosy Clark (Ghibellines-Nancy Wake-Personal Escort) sealed a winning treble for Brian and Shane Anderton and White Robe Lodge sire Ghibellines when breaking maidens over 1355m for Corey Campbell.

Both Burgie and Rosy Clark are raced by Brian and Lorraine Anderton in partnership with syndicates that have been with White Robe Lodge for decades.

Burgie is raced by BJ’s Southern Syndicate who have been loyal supporters of Brian and Lorraine Anderton’s for as long as four decades.

“They have been racing horses with us for the best part of 40 years, I reckon,” Brian Anderton said.

“They are a great bunch of owners and they’ve had some nice horses and a lot of fun over the years.”

“They go back to a horse called Master Mellay.”

“Burgie is a nice horse and it was a good win, hopefully they are going to have a bit of fun with her.”

Rosy Clark carried the colours of her owners the Blue N Gold Syndicate to victory in her deserved win.

The group also have a strong association with White Robe Lodge that spans several decades.

“They go way back to a horse called Light Flash,” Brian Anderton said.

“They have been great supporters of ours, they raced Blue And Gold.”
“Rosy Clark is a nice mare and she should go a bit further yet, it was good to see her get a win because she was unlucky at Cromwell.”

Desperado repaid the faith and the hard work of the White Robe Lodge team with his debut win on Sunday.

The four-year-old was a handful in his younger years, but the staff have managed to iron him out into a professional racehorse.

“He was that wild we couldn’t take him to the sales, that is why he is called Desperado.”

“But he was always good to ride.”

“The boys down at the stud – Wayne and Jack (Stewart) – sorted him out, they put a lot of work into him and have done a great job.”

The White Robe Lodge team also notched placings at Sunday’s meeting with Giveherago running second over 1355m (Ghibellines-Breathe Easy-Pentire) and Verdigirs (Ghibellines- Swelter-Yamanin Vital) running a nice first up third in her first start since May.

All five of the team’s winners and placegetters are by Ghibellines, who is making great strides as a sire.