White Robe Lodge ready for big weekend

White Robe Lodge warmed up for a massive weekend with two victories on its home track yesterday.

Trainers Brian and Shane Anderton produced Outram for a fighting maiden win over 1200m in race 3.

The galloper produced a determined effort under rider Jacob Lowry to nose out the short-priced favourite Hombre.

The Anderton-Lowry combination was back in the winner's circle when Danzi Creek broke her maiden over 1600m in race 6.

Like Outram, the 4yr-old rallied strongly on the inner for a determined victory.

Their winning double set the tone for what will be the Anderton stable's two-pronged attack on tomorrow's group 3 Canterbury Gold Cup.

The trainers will line up Tommy Tucker and Gallant Boy in the 2000m feature.

The 10yr-old Tommy Tucker goes into the race off the back of his best race of the season.

The galloper ran a strong second behind the ill-fated Boots `N' All over 1800m in last month's Hororata Gold Cup.

"He's got knocked around in a few of his starts this season and it was a top run last time," Brian Anderton said.

"He took over on straightening and the winner got the last run at him. He's done well since."

Boots `N' All's recent death means Lowry can reunite with Tommy Tucker for a chance at their second Canterbury Gold Cup.

The pair took out the 2017 edition of the race.

Gallant Boy will stick with his White Robe Lodge Weight-For-Age winning rider, Terry Moseley, tomorrow.

The horse had his first start since his breakout victory in that race in last weekend's Easter Cup, won by race rival, Who Dares Wins.

The 8yr-old struggled to round up his rivals from the rear of the field, and battled in to fifth.

Anderton said stepping back up to 2000m after having that run to condition him might mean Gallant Boy is more competitive tomorrow.

"He jumped out well last week, but ended up third-last and got held up a bit early in the straight.

"The mile and a-quarter [2000m] might suit him better."

TAB bookmakers rated group 1 North Island raider Authentic Paddy the horse to beat when they opened the market for tomorrow's feature.

Though the Lisa Latta-trained veteran will be hard to beat, his presence could aide the Anderton runners.

"Authentic Paddy is a good pacemaker to have in the field, and is a good horse. He'll be hard to beat, but our two are both good shows."

Authentic Paddy opened a $4 favourite, with fellow northerners Gorbachev and Atlanta Peach also at sub-$10.

Who Dares Wins and his Easter Cup runner up, Residential, moved to $7 last night.

Gallant Boy was also at that price, ahead of Tommy Tucker at $9.50.

After the Canterbury Gold Cup, the White Robe Lodge staff's attention will turn to the first day of The Championships in Sydney.

The North Taieri establishment will attempt to produce back-to-back Sydney Cup winners, following last year's victory from Who Shot Thebarman.

White Robe Lodge products Patrick Erin and Yogi will start in the 3200m feature this year.

The Anderton stable were not the only trainers to produce a winning double at yesterday's Wingatui meeting.

Steve Tyler scored wins on his home track with Dreaming Easy in race 2 and Just Push Play in race 7.

 

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