Melbourne Cup representative
Who Shot Thebarman will represent the stud operation of White Robe Lodge in the $A6.2 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington today (4th November) at 5 pm (NZ time). Who Shot Thebarman, a son of Yamanin Vital and Ears Carol, was bred by WR proprietors, Brian and Lorraine Anderton and sold as a yearling to the O'Leary family, of Wanganui. Yamanin Vital stood at WR until his death in October, 2009. Who Shot Thebarman is trained by Chris Waller, who operates stables in Sydney and Melbourne. Who Shot The Barman won the Auckland Cup over the Melbourne Cup distance, 3200m in March when trained by Kevin Myers. Who Shot Thebarman has won his two starts at Flemington this spring --- the group three Bart Cummings (2520m) and a 2000m handicap. He raced keenly when ridden handy in the Caulfield Cup, finishing well back. He is the mount of Glen Boss, who rode Makybe Diva to win the Melbourne Cup in three successive years from 2003.
The 1989 Melbourne Cup winner, Tawriffic, was by the WR stallion, Tawfiq out of Joyarty (by Noble Bijou), a good race mare when trained at WR, who agisted her as a brood mare. Tawriffic was bred by Neville Broderick and his sisters Margaret Secretan and Lorraine Lillicrapp. The 1970 Melbourne Cup winner, Baghdad Note (Kurdistan - Fair Note), owned by Stuart Falconer, of Dunedin and trained at Wingatui by Bob Heasley, was foaled at White Robe Lodge in 1965 when the operation was located in Wingatui Rd.
WRL have a big team engaged at the Wingatui meeting today, among them last start winner, Ruby's Rose and Include, winner of the Dunedin and Southland Guineas last season.