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Tommy Tucker now top stakes earner

(Tommy Tucker and Jacob Lowry)

Tommy Tucker has become the biggest stake earner trained out of White Robe Lodge with his success in the $100,000 group three Canterbury Gold Cup at Riccarton on Saturday(22/4/2017).

The $57,800 first prize took his stakes tally to $348,045 from 15 wins in 46 starts. He has also won the listed Easter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton twice and the listed Timaru Cup twice. The Gallant Guru - Lady Vital gelding has been ridden in those wins by the WRL apprentice Jacob Lowry. The Canterbury Cup was the second start for Tommy Tucker beyond 1600m.

Tommy Tucker has surpassed Random Chance, who earned $328,065 when trained by Brian Anderton, the trainer of Tommy Tucker with son, Shane. Brian and Lorraine Anderton bred and race Tommy Tucker with Ian Nichol, of Outram. Tommy Tucker is steeped in WRL blood being by the resident sire out of a mare by Yamanin Vital from Noble Mell, by Noble Bijou from Lady Mellay, by Mellay. Brian trained Lady Mellay to win the Irwell and Pioneer Handicaps for 2yr-olds at the 1969 New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton. He rode her in the Pioneer on the third day when she won by nine lengths over five furlongs (1000m).

Random Chance won the 1987 Canterbury Gold Cup (then in November) in the hands of Paul Richards and the 1985 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas at Riccarton when ridden by Shane Anderton. Random Chance, owned by Garry and Lorraine McDonnell, was later a successful sire at WRL. He left Dozen Roses, winner of the 1995 Canterbury Gold Cup when raced on lease by Riccarton trainer Ned Thistoll and members of his family from Brian and Lorraine Anderton.

Brian and Shane have also trained the Canterbury Gold Cup (weight-for-age 2000m) winners Burton (2003), Flight Point (2008) and Inferno (2011, 12). It is the oldest race in New Zealand with a history dating to 1855.

Stake earnings need to be in perspective.

The Canterbury Gold Cup had a stake of $50,000 ($31,250 to the winner) when Random Chance was successful. The stake on Saturday was twice that amount.

The Brian Anderton-trained Watallan earned $13,000 out of a stake of $20,000 when he won the 1973 New Zealand Cup as a 10yr-old. He was the outsider but one in an 18 -horse field and paid $98.65 to win and $22.15 for a place with Steve Allen the rider. The stake for the 2016 group three NZ Cup was  $225,000 with $134,375 to the winner.

Prominent stakes earners trained out of White Robe Lodge:

Tommy Tucker  15 wins  from 46 starts $348,045  (2012- ).

Random Chance 15w from 47s  $328,065  (1984-89).

A Gordon For Me 26w from 89s   $317,195 (1990 -99).

Coulee 9w from 29s $250,947  (2014 -   ).

Lord Venture 16w from 100s  $208,245 (1981-90).

Include 10w from 16s  $186,095 (2013-15).

Burton 13w from 36s   $172,500 (2000-04).

Perceptible 11w from 30s  $156,550 (2000-03).

Prince Kumai  11w -44s   $129,020 (1987 -91)

Bymai 18w from 109s   $122,690 (1977-87).

Patrick Erin 7w from 15s  $116,945 (2016 -  ).

*Watallan 21w from 121s   $48,005 (1966-74).

*Watallan had his first six wins worth $3770 from 20 starts when trained by Ray Cairns.