The colours made famous by Bonecrusher have been carried to
victory on a winner at Sandown yesterday.
(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.
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.
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
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.
Dwayne Dunn, Spreadagled ($7.50) scored by a long neck over the $2.50 favourite
Septamore, with Zandarral ($4.40) third.
Park Stud bred Spreadeagled and sold the son of Mastercraftsman to Peter
Mitchell, the owner of Bonecrusher.
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.
Ritchie always held a good opinion of Spreadeagled, rating him a potential
Guineas horse as a three-year-old.
has had previous success with Bonecrusher's colours, winning an Adelaide race
with Saturn Rock in 2013.