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Bonecrusher (horse)

Sire Pag-Asa
Dam Imitation
Grandsire Kaoru Star
Damsire Oakville
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1982
Country New Zealand
Color Chestnut
Breeder Bill Punch
Owner Peter J. Mitchell
Trainer Frank Ritchie
Record 44: 18-5-12
Earnings NZ$674,225 & A$1,679,495
Bonecrusher is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Imitation by Pag-Asa. He was born around 1982 in New Zealand, and was bred by Bill Punch.
Major wins
Bayer Classic (1985)
New Zealand Derby (1985)
Air New Zealand Stakes (1986 & 1988)
Tancred Stakes (1986)
Australian Derby (1986)
Caulfield Stakes (1986)
Cox Plate (1986)
Underwood Stakes (1986)
Australian Cup (1987)
Australian Horse of the Year (1987)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on June 26, 2007

Bonecrusher (September 17, 1982) is a retired champion New Zealand Thoroughbred racehorse who was widely admired in both Australia and New Zealand. Bred by Bill Punch, his damsire was a son of a French champion, Tantieme. Bonecrusher was purchased by Peter Mitchell for just $3,250 at the Waikato Yearling Sales, and was trained by Frank Ritchie. A chestnut, Bonecrusher was nicknamed Big Red - the same name as the immortal champions Man o' War, Secretariat and Phar Lap. Bonecrusher raced 44 times for 18 wins, five seconds and 12 thirds, and prizemoney of NZ$674,225 and A$1,679,495. He won three Group One races in New Zealand, including the New Zealand Derby, and six Group One races in Australia, including the AJC Derby, the Tancred Stakes, the Cox Plate, and the Australian Cup. In the 1986 Cox Plate, Bonecrusher prevailed in the 'race of the century' with another New Zealand champion, (Our) Waverley Star. Later that year, Bonecrusher was the pre-post favourite against some of the world's best racehorses in the Japan Cup but contracted a virus in Tokyo, nearly lost his life, and had to withdraw from the race. In the new year, Bonecrusher recovered from his illness, won the Australian Cup, and was named horse of the year in New Zealand and Australia for the 1986-1987 season. Bonecrusher continued to campaign at five, six, and seven years of age, and won three races in New Zealand, but was unable to reach his previous heights in Australia. In retirement, he has been a guest of the Moonee Valley Racing Club, and is still alive and healthy, but no longer makes public appearances. Bonecrusher's strapper, Shaune Ritchie, is now a trainer based in Cambridge and trained Magic Cape, the winner of the 2006 New Zealand 2000 Guineas and runner-up in the 2007 Kelt Capital Stakes, and 2010 New Zealand Derby winner Military Move.


See also

  • Millionaire Racehorses in Australia


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