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Bonecrusher colours in Sandown win
10 Dec 2015 | By AAP Turf

The colours made famous by Bonecrusher have been carried to victory on a winner at Sandown yesterday.

Spreadeagled (Mastercraftsman) sporting the silks of cream, brown sash, striped sleeves and cap, hit the line strongly to record a narrow win in the second race yesterday.

A champion galloper during the 1980s, Bonecrusher won 18 of his 44 starts including an epic 1986 Cox Plate after staging a two-horse war with fellow New Zealander Our Waverley Star.

Bonecrusher died earlier this year at the age of 32 after spending a long retirement at the Mitchell family's South Auckland property and was laid to rest at Ellerslie racecourse.

Spreadagled was having his first start for Victorian trainer Robert Smerdon after doing his early racing in New Zealand for Shaune Ritchie, the son of Bonecrusher's trainer Frank Ritchie.

Ridden by Dwayne Dunn, Spreadagled ($7.50) scored by a long neck over the $2.50 favourite Septamore, with Zandarral ($4.40) third.

Windsor Park Stud bred Spreadeagled and sold the son of Mastercraftsman to Peter Mitchell, the owner of Bonecrusher.

"It was great to see those colours win again in Melbourne," said Windsor Park's Mike Moran, who was attending the Sandown meeting on a Karaka yearling sales promotional visit with Rich Hill Stud's John Thompson.

“Mastercraftsman’s had another very good day with two other winners today back home at Ellerslie”, commented Moran.

Moran said Ritchie always held a good opinion of Spreadeagled, rating him a potential Guineas horse as a three-year-old.

Smerdon has had previous success with Bonecrusher's colours, winning an Adelaide race with Saturn Rock in 2013.