Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes
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Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for middle distance horses at Ellerslie race course conducted by the Auckland Racing Club.
The Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes is run over 2000m.
The race was previously known as the Auckland Classic or Air New Zealand Stakes.
The Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes is notable for the many winners which have a great history in the Cox Plate.
Some of those include Bonecrusher, Surfers Paradise, Solvit and Ocean Park.
The great Balmerino won the race before eventually heading to Europe where he'd be highly competitive in races like the Coronation Cup, Eclipse Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Melody Belle had a great 2019 Autumn winning the Waikato Sprint and the Otaki Maori before taking the Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes. She also won the Tarzino Trophy in the next Spring before heading to success in Melbourne.
Avantage from the same team used the same campaign and won the G1 at Ellerslie in 2020.
The Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes was worth NZ$200,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes include Avantage (2020), Melody Belle (2019), Volkstok'n'Barrell (2016), Silent Achiever (2014), Ocean Park (2013), Scarlett Lady (2012), Sir Slick (2008), Xcellent (2005), Lashed (2004), Tall Poppy (2001), Showella (2000), The Message (1999), Roysyn (1996), Solvit (1993/1994), Surfers Paradise (1991), Riverina Charm (1990), Bonecrusher (1986/1988), Tidal Light (1987), The Filbert (1985), McGinty (1983/1984), La Mer (1979) and Balmerino (1977).
The 2020 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes was won by Avantage from True Enough and Supera.
Previous Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes Winners
| AVANTAGE (AUS) 4M |
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - ASAVANT (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
|O P BOSSON||57.0||JAMIE RICHARDS||1|
| MELODY BELLE (NZ) 4M |
COMMANDS (AUS) - MELEKA BELLE (NZ) IFFRAAJ (GB)
|O P BOSSON||57.0||JAMIE RICHARDS||5|
| SAINT EMILION (NZ) 6G |
MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) - ROSEARIO (NZ) PENTIRE (GB)
|L G INNES||59.0||MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN||3|
| LIZZIE L'AMOUR (NZ) 4M |
ZABEEL (NZ) - SABIA (FR) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
|M CAMERON||57.0||MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN||6|
| VOLKSTOK'N'BARRELL (NZ) 4G |
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - VOLKSTER (NZ) VOLKSRAAD (GB)
|V A COLGAN||59.0||D LOGAN||5|
| SAKHEE'S SOLDIER (NZ) 4G |
SAKHEE'S SECRET (GB) - SURREPTITIOUSLY (GB) MACHIAVELLIAN (USA)
|M CAMERON||59.0||MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN||3|
| SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) 5M |
O'REILLY (NZ) - WINNING SPREE (NZ) ZAFONIC (USA)
|V A COLGAN||57.0||R JAMES||4|
| OCEAN PARK (NZ) 4H |
THORN PARK (AUS) - SAYYIDA (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
|L G INNES||59.0||G HENNESSY||2|
| SCARLETT LADY (NZ) 4M |
SAVABEEL (AUS) - ON CALL (NZ) MR. IRONCLAD (NZ)
|J B MCDONALD||57.0||GRAEME & DEBBIE ROGERSON||7|
| THE PARTY STAND (NZ) 4M |
THORN PARK (AUS) - CREMISI (AUS) ROYAL ACADEMY (USA)
|O P BOSSON||57.0||R JAMES||6|
| VOSNE ROMANEE (NZ) 7G |
ELECTRONIC ZONE (USA) - MADISON AVENUE (NZ) MORCON (GB)
|O P BOSSON||59.0||JEFF LYNDS||8|
| MACO'REILLY (NZ) 5G |
O'REILLY (NZ) - DOUBLE BABU (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
|H S TINSLEY||59.0||DAVID HAWORTH||4|
| SIR SLICK (NZ) 6G |
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - OUR MISS OPERA (NZ) PARIS OPERA (AUS)
|B S HERD||59.0||GRAEME NICHOLSON & PAUL ALLBON||7|
| GAZE (NZ) 4M |
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - EYE FULL (NZ) PALATABLE (USA)
|M R DU PLESSIS||56.5||R JAMES||2|
| KRISTOV (NZ) 6G |
SLAVIC (USA) - SANTA BARBRA (NZ) PIPERHILL (IRE)
|H S TINSLEY||58.0||PHILLIP STEVENS||3|
| XCELLENT (NZ) 3G |
PENTIRE (GB) - EXCELO (NZ) CENTRO (NZ)
|M T COLEMAN||52.5||MIKE & PAUL MORONEY||5|
| LASHED (AUS) 4M |
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - TRAFFIC WATCH (AUS) SALIERI (USA)
|O P BOSSON||55.5||GRAEME ROGERSON & STEPHEN AUTRIDGE||7|
| DEEBEE BELLE (NZ) 5M |
BIN AJWAAD (IRE) - DEEBEE LADY (NZ) BRILLIANT INVADER (AUS)
|A CALDER||56.5||TONY & PAM GILLIES||10|
| ARMSTRONG (NZ) 5G |
CLASSIC FAME (USA) - LILTING STAR (AUS) PLANET KINGDOM (AUS)
|B S HERD||58.0||JEFF LYNDS||6|
| TALL POPPY (NZ) 6M |
KAAPSTAD (NZ) - FUN ON THE RUN (NZ) RACING IS FUN (USA)
|D M WALSH||56.5||NOEL EALES||8|
| SHOWELLA (NZ) 4M |
LORD BALLINA (AUS) - SHOW QUEEN (NZ) BALMERINO (NZ)
|E A WILKINSON||55.5||C & F RITCHIE||8|
The other Group races on Golden Slipper day At Rosehill have historical statistics to note.
Group One performed mare Supera may be joined in next month’s Gr.1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha
Unbeaten three-year-old filly Levante will tackle Group company for the first time on Saturday when she contests the Gr.2 carfinance.co.nz Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham.
Jamie Richards was persuaded to take some very rare time out to celebrate his Ellerslie Group One double last Saturday night, but it wasn’t long until his constant lengthy routine kicked in the following day.
Star jockey Opie Bosson has had a week to remember, riding another two Group One winners at Ellerslie on Saturday to go with his brace in Sydney seven days earlier.
A dominant performance over 1600m at Trentham on Saturday has co-trainer Roger James considering upping the ante for talented performer Sherrif.
In what is becoming a familiar sight this season it was the tangerine and blue colours of Te Akau Racing at the head of affairs once again as the Matamata operation made it consecutive Group One victories at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Outstanding juvenile Cool Aza Beel kept the Group One winning roll of Te Akau Racing going as he dominated his rivals when taking out the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie.
Leading New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards has won two Group One races with Avantage and Cool Aza Beel at Ellerslie.
Group Three winner Sherrif will be looking to add another victory to his tally at Trentham on Saturday when he contests the Anuka Smoker Handicap (1600m).
Graham Richardson experienced one of his biggest moments in racing when Tiptronic won the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last month and the Matamata trainer is hoping for a repeat performance at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Ballymore Stables are hoping to raise the volume at Ellerslie on Saturday when international stayer Sound tackles the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m).
Names don’t come much bigger or better than the one the Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes run at Ellerslie on Saturday is named after.
Matamata trainer Ken Kelso got the answers he was looking for when unbeaten filly Levante and high-class mare Supera won their respective races on their home turf on Saturday.