First black-type winner for Gallant Guru

White Robe Lodge sire Gallant Guru notched his first black-type victory at stud when Ortem Fire (NZ) stormed to victory in the Listed NZ Bloodstock Insurance Stakes at Riccarton on Saturday.

Ortem Fire (3f Gallant Guru – Emerald Fire by Honor Grades) is trained at Wingatui by White Robe owners Brian and Shane Anderton.  She motored home down the middle of the track to win by a half-head from Asavant (Zabeel).

Gallant Guru (Montjeu) won 8 of his 21 starts highlighted by a G2 victory in the Sandown Classic.  He is a half-brother to G1 Australian Derby winner Gold Guru (Geiger Counter).  “We lease out Ortem Fire, we own her dam and her half-sister Ignite plus the stallion,” Brian Anderton said.  “It’s been a great result.”

Ignite (Yamanin Vital) has won 8 races for the stable including the G3 Canterbury Gold Cup.  The Andertons have been breeding from the family for a number of years.  Ortem Fire’s dam Emerald Fire (Honor Grades) won four races and second dam Gem Fire (Noble Bijou) won five.  Third dam Firefly (Fraxinus) won a NZ Oaks.

“Ortem Fire will run in the Warstep Stakes and then she will go out for a spell,” Anderton said.  “She’s growing a lot and, if we handle her carefully, she’s got a very good future.”

Ortem Fire (NZ) took over the lead in NZ Bloodstock’s Southern Filly of the Year Series after the third leg of the four-race Series on Saturday.  She has earned 10 points, three clear of her nearest rivals Kasumi and Cora Lynn.

The fourth and final leg of the NZ Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series is the $50,000 Listed NZ Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) to be run at Riccarton this weekend.