Another feature Shot for versatile White Robe
WHAT a week for Wayne and Karen Stewart, managers of the historic White Robe Lodge on New Zealand’s South Island.
On Monday, the Stud’s former resident stallion, Sir Tristram son Yamanin Vital, sired the Great Eastern winner Spying On You at Oakbank.
Today, the Stewarts will offer a Zacinto half-brother to Spying On You at the NZB South Island Yearling Sale in Christchurch.
Tomorrow at Randwick, Who Shot Thebarman – also by Yamanin Vital contests his fourth straight Sydney Cup.
The Stewarts sold Spying On You as a two-year-old for circa $20,000 immediately after the horse was passed in at 2011 NZB South Island 2YO and Mixed Sale.
Who Shot Thebarman, whose earnings currently stand at $2.5m, was sold out of a (White Robe Stud) paddock to his current owners for a mere $10,000.
White Robe Lodge was established in 1956 and home to two Australasian Champion sires Noble Bijou Mellay who are jointly responsible for arguably the most successful ‘nick’ in Australasian racing and breeding history.
The cross accounts for 18 of Noble Bijou’s 63 stakes-winners, one of the notables being White Robe Lodge bred Our Sophia.
“Along the Taieri Plains here we live just out of Dunedin, there’s been a lot damn good horses, good tough, sound horses, that were bred and raised here over the years,” Stewart says.
“Hypnotize (three times Champion NZ Jumper) won three Grand Steeples, Envoy won a Wellington Cup, Prince Majestic (won the QE II and BMW), The Phantom The Phantom Chance and back to Tawriffic and Baghdad Note – they both come off the Taieri and they both won a Melbourne Cup.”
Yamanin Vital was a 1990 foal by Sir Tristram out of the Group 3 placed She Might Hula.
The Patrick Hogan bred colt raced in Japan winning five times at 2000 to 2400m from his 15 starts with six placings, the best of which was in a Listed race at Hanshin.
“He’s been a damn good sire,” Stewart said.
“He goes directly back to La Troienne who was one of the great broodmares the world, so did Noble Bijou – it’s
same like.” With Yamanin Vital long since gone, the new era of White Robe Lodge stallions is upon us.
One of their big hopes for the next decade and beyond is Todman winner Shamardal half-brother to Guelph, Ghibellines.
White Robe Lodge will offer a Ghibellines half-brother to Who Shot Thebarman at the 2018 Karaka Sales Series.
Trainer Grant Young with Oakbank steeplechase winner Spying On You