Blood Brotha (Lisa Allpress) wins the New Zealand Cup at
Riccarton by six and a-half lengths on Saturday. Photo by
Blood Brotha followed in the footsteps of his Wingatui
great-granddam, Princess Mellay, when he won back-to-back New
Zealand Cups at Riccarton on Saturday.
Blood Brotha was bred at White Robe Lodge Stud, North Taieri,
by brothers Brian and Hec Anderton and their wives, Lorraine
Blood Brotha is by White Robe sire Danzighill, from Laura
Princess Mellay won the New Zealand Cup in 1970 and 1971, the
first horse to win successive New Zealand Cups since the race
was run in 1883, and the first mare to win the race in foal.
She was trained and bred by Hector Anderton and raced by his
wife, Alice. Her sire, Mellay, stood at White Robe.
Danzighill, a 19yr-old son of Danehill, has served only a few
mares in recent season.
Blood Brotha was passed in for $14,000 at the 2007 South
Island sale of two-year-olds. The reserve was $15,000.
White Robe then recommended him to Wanganui dairy farmers
Mark and Raymond Connors,who had success with other buys from
White Robe Lodge from the family of Blood Brotha, including
feature jumping races winners Our Jonty and Hypnotize.
Laura Dee has a yearling filly by Gallant Guru and has been
served by White Robe sire Raise The Flag.
The addition of blinkers was crucial in the success of Blood
Brotha on Saturday. He carried 53.5kg to win last year and
had 53kg on Saturday.
Lisa Allpress, who was riding her first feature 3200m winner,
settled the horse fourth-last on the inner. He was still near
last entering the home straight when Allpress, with a superb
ride, brought him through the field and he raced clear to win
by six and a-half lengths.
Allpress rode Blood Brotha when he finished sixth in the 2010
New Zealand Cup.
The horse will now be set for his second tilt at the Auckland
Cup. He finished sixth last year.