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Winners galore for Gallant Guru

(Connections of Tommy Tucker)

White Robe Lodge sire,Gallant Guru,  continued his run of success with four winners on a seven race card at the Beaumont Racing Club meeting at Wingatui on Monday (23/3/15). That followed on from the listed win for Include at Riccarton on Saturday and six other wins in the previous 10 days. WRL trainers Brian and Shane Anderton trained two of the Wingatui winners, Tommy Tucker (open 1600m) and Satin Guru and had a third training success with Forever Vital (by Yamanin Vital). Tutor and The Gallant Girl were the other winners by Gallant Guru.  The maiden winner, Tutor  (ex Norval Smytzer) is  raced  by Invercargill owner-trainer, Murray Carter with family members on lease from Brian and Lorraine Anderton. Carter won the 2013 Invercargill Cup with Elite Street on lease from Brian and Lorraine. She was retired with an injury and returned to the stud.  Tutor was leased by Carter in November after she had been placed in seven of her 12 starts. It was her third start for Carter. Norval Smytzer, a Woodman mare, was sent to White Robe by Harry Perks, of Adelaide when he sold two thirds of Gallant Guru to the stud. Brian and Lorraine bred and race Tommy Tucker with Ian Nichol, of Clarks Junction.

The Beaumont meeting brought back memories for Brian Anderton. "I had my first race ride at Beaumont and trained my first winner there,'' he said. His first ride was on Good Form at the age of 13 in April, 1950.The race for apprentice riders was won by Cogitation (Charlie Low), trained by Jim Cochrane. Cogitation went on to win the NZ Grand National Hurdles and Steeplechase. Brian had his first training success with Festival Queen, owned by his mother, Alice at a Beaumont meeting in December, 1967. He rode Festival Queen. The club raced at Beaumont until 1986.