An­other fea­ture Shot for ver­sa­tile White Robe

The Sportsman Weekend - - Chartform - By SHAYNE O’CASS

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

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