1500 training wins for Brian Anderton
Brian Anderton, the White Robe Lodge principal, reached 1500 wins as a trainer with a treble at the Otago Racing Club meeting on Melbourne Cup day, November 7, 2017.
Brian and training partner, son Shane won with Erin's Babe, Fascinate and Zabay, all ridden by 16-year-old stable apprentice, Corey Campbell. The win of Fascinate was the 1500th training success for Brian.
"I never visualised I would win 1500 races. It is fulfilling,''
He races Fascinate, a Falkirk - Zerperfluous mare with his wife, Lorraine and Parr Bloodstock (Eric Parr, of Ashburton). They bred Fascinate, who traces to White Robe (Sir Galloway - Pink Robe), the first winner for Brian as an apprentice jockey at Wyndham in October, 1950.
Anderton began training in the 1967 - 68 season and recorded his first win with Festival Queen at Beaumont in December, 1967. He rode Festival Queen, who was raced by his late mother, Alice. Festival Queen was by Rejoicing from Bernadine. Brian stood Rejoicing at stud. Bernadine was by Harken, the first stallion purchase by Brian when he was 18 in 1955. Bernadine was a daughter of White Robe.
Brian posted his 1000th win as a trainer with Burton in the 2002 Timaru Cup. He was then training with Shane, who joined him in partnership in the 1993-94 season. They have won 889 races in partnership. Brian had former stable apprentice Graeme Offen as a training partner for three and a half seasons from 1982-83 . They won 69 races.
Brian is the most successful trainer out of Wingatui. He has been six times leading South Island trainer for the season and 35 times leader for Wingatui.
His best tally is 56 wins in the 1992-93 season and his best stakes tally $916,627 in the 2016-17 season when he and Shane won 48 races.
Brian has surpassed other notable South Island trainers Rex Cochrane and Ted Winsloe. Cochrane, the first to reach 1000 wins in New Zealand retired with 1486 wins. Winsloe won 1212 races. Christchurch-based Michael Pitman has won more than 1600 races either in a sole capacity or partnership.
Group race wins for Brian include
New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas: Random Chance (1985).
New Zealand Cup: Watallan (1973).
Canterbury Gold Cup: Burton (2003), Flight Point (2008) Inferno (2011,12), Tommy Tucker (2017).
South Island Breeders' Stakes: Coulee (2016, 2017).
Stewards' Handicap: Renee (1995).
White Robe Lodge Handicap: A Gordon For Me (1993,1994), Perceptible (2002), Coulee (2017).
Benson and Hedges Gold Cup: Prince Kumai (1989).
Dunedin Gold Cup: Narousa (2001), Milly Bijou (2002).
Prestige Jumping Races
New Zealand Grand National Steeplechase: Bymai (1984), Lord Venture (1988), Noble Express (1994), High Forty (2015).
New Zealand Grand National Hurdles: Bymai (1980), Lord Venture (1986), Narousa (2000).