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A Gordon For Me Passes On

(A Gordon For Me with owner, Gordon Johnston (left), trainer Brian Anderton and jockey Paul Richards after a major win at Riccarton in the 1990s.)

A Gordon For Me, one of the best horses trained out of White Robe Lodge, has died at the age of 27.

A Gordon For Me, Grandy as he was affectionately known, won 26 races, including the group three White Robe Lodge Handicap twice.

"I won't get another one to do what he did under the new handicapping system,'' said trainer Brian Anderton." He rates up with the best I have trained. He was almost human."

A Gordon For Me has been buried on the Anderton property at Middlemarch.  "It was his domain,'' said Brian.

A Gordon For Me has been in retirement there since 1999.

A Le Seigneur - Marjie Jay gelding, raced by his Methven breeder, Gordon Johnston, A Gordon For Me won the White Robe Lodge Handicap in 1992 (as a 4yr-old) and the following year.

He won an open 1200m in track record time of 1.08.99 at Wingatui as a 11yr-old in December, 1998 under 61kg.

A Gordon For Me also numbered Great Easter Handicap, Churchill Stakes and North Canterbury Cup at Riccarton, Timaru Cup and Hazlett Stakes at Wingatui among his wins.

He had his first win at Gore in October, 1990 as a 3yr-old when having his first start. His last was at Wyndham in January, 1999 at 11.

A Gordon For Me raced 89 times for 26 wins, 19 seconds, 12 thirds and nine fourths and $317,195 in stakes.

He was ridden in 23 of his wins by Paul Richards, two by Paula Dowling and one by Sharon Kirk.