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Melbourne Cup boost

(Wayne and Karen Stewart (at left) with their daughter, Renee Roulston and son, Ricky after the win of their good mare Include at Wingatui on Melbourne Cup day. Karen is holding 11 month old grand-daughter, Isla Roulston.)

Who Shot Thebarman boosted the fortunes of White Robe Lodge as a breeding nursery with his third placing in the 2014 Melbourne Cup. The Yamanin Vital- Ears Carol gelding, bred by Brian and Lorraine Anderton, was the first Australian or New Zealand-bred horse to finish with his placing behind Protectionist (Germany) and Red Cadeaux (Great Britain) in the  $A6 million race over 3200m.The Melbourne Cup is now well established at an international level. Major world breeding conglomerates have studs in Australia. Who Shot Thebarman netted his NZ owners $A450,000. Ears Carol is due to foal to Raise The Flag.

"I was thrilled with the placing considering we are a small breeding area. It was good for Wayne and Karen and Shane the next generation at White Robe,'' said Brian.

Wayne and Karen Stewart are the stud managers and Shane Anderton, the co-trainer. The Stewarts race Include, who won fresh up at Wingatui on Melbourne Cup day.

WR offered condolences to the connections of Admire Rakti and Araldo, who died after the Melbourne Cup.