The Anderton name is synonymous with horse racing in the south of New Zealand and this book explores the depth of involvement “BJ” has had in the industry.
It was originally intended to be a few recollections collated by racing writer Wally O’Hearn for the family to pass down, but it soon developed into an extended biography. And this is Anderton’s story in his own words – no airs and graces but with an entertaining dose of wry humour throughout.
BJ: The White Robe Legacy - The Brian Anderton Story
with Wally O’Hearn
Paperback, 151pp, $35 + $5 p&p
Available from White Robe Lodge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We learn about how BJ got into the breeding game, and of the early days with Harken before hitting the big time with Mellay and Noble Bijou. Many other stallions came and went through the White Robe gates, most leaving their mark in one way or another.
The stories behind some of the legendary Anderton horses are fascinating and a trip down memory lane for southern racing enthusiasts. These names include Powley, Rock Crystal, Watallan, Bymai, Kumai, and Random Chance – but there are many more, and they have keep on coming over the years.
There are stories behind the people, too, with anecdotes and observations on many of racing’s big names of the past few decades. Family also plays a huge part in Anderton’s racing history, starting with his late father, Hec, and going down the generations to BJ’s children and grand-children. He trains in partnership with his son, Shane, and daughter Karen is stud manager along with her husband, Wayne Stewart. It branches across to brother Hecky, and sister Maureen, who’s married to legendary jockey Bob Skelton.
From schoolkid to jockey, then trainer and breeder, the Anderton story is a fascinating one, and the legacy is in great shape for the future.