Bonecrusher Passes Away At 33

Deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

1986 Cox Plate winner Bonecrusher has been humanely euthanized at the age of 33 overnight after he contracted laminitis.

Bonecrusher stamped himself as a horse to watch when he won the 1985 edition of the Bayer Classic, now known as the Levin Classic, as a three-year-old and he went on to take out the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) in the same year.

The son of Pag-Asa recorded his first win at Group 1 level in Australia when he took out the 1986 Tancred Stakes, now known as The BMW, and he went on to win the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) as a short-priced favourite.

Big things were expected of Bonecrusher during the 1986 Spring Racing Carnival and he stamped himself as the dominant favourite for the Cox Plate when he scored an effortless five lengths victory over Black Night in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

The Cox Plate was expected to be a match race between Bonecrusher and Kiwi rival Our Waverley Star and the event more than lived up to the hype, with the duo clearing out from the rest of the field at the 600 metre mark.

Our Waverley Star looked as though he had the race won with 100 metres left to run, but Bonecrusher was able to claw his way back to ‘race into equine immortality’ in a Cox Plate that is now known as ‘the race of the century’.

Bonecrusher was sent to Japan for the 1986 edition of the Japan Cup, but he contracted a very nasty virus that almost ended his life and connections were forced to withdraw him from the race.

The exceptional gelding was able to return to winning form in Australia when he scored a thrilling victory over Al Talaq in the Australian Cup and he went on to win the 1988 edition of the New Zealand Stakes, but he was retired in 1989 after losing his form

The families of trainer Frank Ritchie and owner Peter Mitchell were quick to pay credit to the outstanding career of the horse they considered a family statement and they expressed just how much the champion meant to them in a statement released this morning.

“Bonecrusher changed the lives of the Mitchell and Ritchie families,” the statement said.

“In his retirement they wished to give back to the racing public and gladly accepted invitations for him to be seen by his adoring fans.

“He travelled throughout New Zealand and Australia leading out Derbies, the Golden Slipper and Melbourne Cup fields and returning to Moonee Valley, the scene of his greatest triumph.

“He also had a song named after him “Tribute to a Champion”, which raised funds for child cancer and received considerable radio air play in the late 1980’s.

“His final resting place will be at New Zealand’s premier racecourse Ellerslie where a memorial will be erected in his honour.”

Bonecrusher finished his racing career with 18 wins from his 44 race starts and he accumulated over $2 million in prizemoney.

About The Author

Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.


  1. already

    Ƭhat is really fascinating, You’re an excessively skilled blogger.
    I’ve joined your feeԁ and look forward to in the hunt for more of
    yߋur great post. Аlso, Ӏ’ve shared your website in my socіal networks

  2. last resort asbestos

    It’s going to be ending of mine day, but before end I am reading this fantastic piece
    of writing to improve my know-how.

  3. Grupo Serval presídios

    Helpful information. Lucky me I found your web site accidentally, and I am shocked why this coincidence didn’t
    took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

  4. website admin

    Hi, everything is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing
    facts, that’s genuinely fine, keep up writing.

  5. sand asbestos

    Hello, after reading this awesome piece of writing i am
    too delighted to share my experience here with mates.

  6. Carlos Eduardo Correa da Veig

    Appreciating the time and energy you put into your website
    and in depth information you present. It’s awesome to come
    across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Fantastic read!

    I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  7. last resort asbestos

    It’s hard to come by educated people about this subject, however,
    you seem like you know what you’re talking about!

  8. smart phone applications

    You have made some good points there. I checked on the web to find out more about the issue
    and found most people will go along with your views
    on this web site.

  9. Dadado Veig

    Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

  10. phones encapsulate

    Good post but I was wanting to know if you could write
    a litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further.


  11. asbestos wont

    I quite like reading through an article that can make men and women think.
    Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

  12. domain name registrar

    Your method of telling all in this post is actually good, every one
    be able to effortlessly understand it, Thanks a lot.

  13. Luiz Fernando Monteiro Bittencourt

    Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was
    wanting to know your situation; we have developed
    some nice procedures and we are looking to exchange methods with others,
    be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  14. Coral

    When someone writes an article he/she keeps the idea of a user in his/her mind
    that how a user can understand it. So that’s why this post is amazing.

  15. tercio borlenghi jr

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you
    knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something
    like this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to
    your new updates.

  16. Umanizzare

    It’s truly very complex in this full of activity life to listen news on TV, therefore I just use
    internet for that purpose, and take the most up-to-date news.

  17. Egli Diana Pinto

    Howdy I am so excited I found your web site, I really found you by mistake, while I was searching on Yahoo for something else, Regardless I am
    here now and would just like to say thanks a lot
    for a fantastic post and a all round entertaining blog (I
    also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all at the minute but
    I have book-marked it and also added your RSS
    feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great

  18. José Wilame Araújo Rodrigues

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who was conducting a little research on this.
    And he in fact ordered me lunch due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to
    discuss this matter here on your web page.

  19. Luiz Fernando Monteiro Bittencourt

    I am sure this post has touched all the internet people,
    its really really fastidious paragraph on building up new blog.

  20. Luiz Fernando Monteiro Bittencourt

    Hello very cool site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Amazing ..
    I’ll bookmark your website and take the feeds also?
    I’m glad to search out so many useful info right here within the put up, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thank
    you for sharing. . . . . .

  21. Dadado Veig

    You’ve made some really good points there.

    I looked on the internet for more info about the issue
    and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

  22. Bradley

    It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.

    I have read this post and if I could I wish to
    suggest you few interesting things or suggestions.
    Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article.
    I wish to read more things about it!

  23. reverse phone lookup

    Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?

    I have a blog based upon on the same topics you discuss and
    would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would value your work.
    If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send
    me an e mail.

  24. Lelio Vieira Carneiro

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts
    and I am waiting for your next post thanks once again.

  25. sand asbestos

    I am really loving the theme/design of your site.

    Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems?
    A handful of my blog audience have complained about my site not operating correctly in Explorer but
    looks great in Chrome. Do you have any ideas to help fix this issue?

  26. Dadado Veig

    I am really enjoying the theme/design of your website. Do you ever run into any
    browser compatibility problems? A few of my blog readers have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks
    great in Safari. Do you have any ideas to help fix this problem?

  27. Lélio Vieira Carneiro Junior

    Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; we
    have developed some nice methods and we are looking to trade methods with others, please shoot
    me an e-mail if interested.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *