Boost to broodmare ranks
The broodmare ranks at White Robe Lodge will be boosted this spring with Blue 'N' Gold, Norah, Ruby's Rose and Barter, all of whom were trained by Brian and Shane Anderton. Blue 'N' Gold (Gallant Guru - Oh Tah Go) won seven races and $77,700 in stakes for Brian and Lorraine Anderton, John Rosevear, the Blue And Gold syndicate and The Lost Boys syndicate. Blue 'N' Gold had her best win in the 2015 $25,000 Wyndham Cup (2000m). Norah (Gallant Guru - Anna) won six races to 1600m and $79,625 for Brian and Lorraine. Ruby's Rose (Gallant Guru - Ruby's Gem) won four races and $37,252. Barter, a 5yr-old by Canny Lad from the Encosta De Lago mare Swapping, was four times placed in 12 starts.
New Years Jay, the pacing mare bred and raced by Brian Anderton and the estate of Bryan Kennedy, won over 1700m (mobile) in a smart 1.54.8 mile rate at Alexandra Park on Friday night (29/7/2016). New Years Jay, who won over a mile in 1.54.6 at Ashburton when trained by Amber Hoffman and Jonny Cox, was sent to Clevedon trainer Barry Purdon two months earlier as a prelude to being served by leading sire Bettor's Delight.
"Barry has got her racing very kindly,'' said Brian of New Years Jay, who turns nine on August 1, 2016. The daughter of Washington VC - Jays Glen did not begin racing until she was rising five and she has only raced 26 times for eight wins, eight minor placings and $67,000 in stakes.
* Evan Browne, who died in Wanaka on July 15, 2016, had worthwhile success breeding to WRL sires. Browne bred and raced Narrative, Cabaret and Nat's Brother, with John Wallace, Peter Stechman and Eric Shaw. Narrative (by Native Turn) won 11 races in the late 1980s when trained at Wingatui by Graeme Mee. Narrative was at his best on rain affected tracks and won class 1 races from 1200m to 2147m at Riccarton, Riverton, Ascot Park and Wingatui. Cabaret (by Noble Bijou) won six before he was sold to the United States. Nat's Brother, a brother to Narrative, won five. Syrrat Royal also left Royal Trelay (by Trelay), who won three steeplechases when trained at WRL for Jim Brunton. Browne was president of the Otago branch of the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Association when he arranged for Patrick Hogan(now Sir)as a guest speaker in 1990. Hogan, of the Cambridge Stud, had then made his name with Sir Tristram, the nine time leading sire for NZ and Australia. Browne was a pharmacist who had a chemist shop in Mosgiel before his retirement.