His winners to date...

(out of a Game Pride mare)
1 win; $6372

(out of a Chiola Cola mare)
7 wins; $91,686

(out of a Sundon mare)
4 wins; $30,902

(out of a Love You mare)
1 win; $14,090

(out of a Sundon mare)
5 wins; $35,914

(out of a Sundon mare)
2 wins; $16,536

(out of a Camtastic mare)
9 wins; $120,186

(out of a Sundon mare)

1 win; $15,256

(out of an Armbro Invasion mare)
5 wins; Aus$43,920

(out of a Roydon Boy mare)
10 wins; Aus$61,863

(out of a Cam's Trickster mare) 
4 wins; $38,389

(out of a Sundon mare)
2 wins; Aus$28,125

(out of a Lindy Lane mare)
1 win; $5931

(out of a Gee Whiz II mare)
6 wins; $42,776

(out of a Chiola Hanover mare)
5 wins; $31,360

(out of a Sundon mare)
20 wins; US$144,483

(out of a Grant Our Wishes mare) 
6 wins; $45,080

(out of a Sundon mare) 
8 wins; $71,275

(out of a Holdonmyheart mare) 
1 win; $12,288

(out of a Continentalman mare) 
1 win; $9720

(out of a Gee Whiz II mare)
16 wins; Aus$99,675

(out of an Iraklis mare)
2 wins; $14,080

(out of a Stakhanovite mare)
4 wins; $21,306

(out of a Pernod Eden mare) 
2 wins; $31,133

(out of an Armbro Invasion mare) 
8 wins; $56,887

(out of a Britewell mare) 
1 win; $9500

(out of a Continentalman mare) 
3 wins; $25,800

(out of a Gee Whiz II mare) 
1 win; $13,805

(out of a Cam's Trickster mare) 
10 wins; $62,486

(out of a Gee Whiz II mare)
1 win; $11,920

(out of a Sundon mare)
1 win; $13,160

(out of a Muscles Yankee mare)
7 wins; Aus$49,240

(out of a Sundon mare)
2 wins; $18,954

(out of a Sundon mare)
8 wins; $59,633

(out of a Sundon mare)
1 win; Aus$6010

(out of a Chiola Hanover mare)
2 wins; $12,405

(out of a Simon Roydon mare)
3 wins; $22,743

(out of an Armbro Invasion mare)
2 wins; $17,565

(out of a Pegasus Spur mare)
1 win; $7830

(out of an Armbro Invasion mare)
5 wins; $36,336




Monkey Bones
Monkey Bones


As a 2yo he trotted a last quarter in 27.2

As a 3yo he trotted a mile in 1:56.8 on a slushy 1000m track


He's a son of Andover Hall, who's a full-brother to the legendary Angus Hall. Progeny of Andover Hall have won more than US$80 million to date, and every starter of his averages an amazing $100,000+ in earnings.


  • International Stallion Series Division at The Red Mile
  • P.A.S.S. Division at The Meadows
  • Division at Pocono Downs
  • 3rd, Bluegrass Stakes
  • Division at The Red Mile
  • Reynolds Stakes Division at Pocono Downs
  • P.A.S.S. Division at The Meadows
  • Division at Pocono Downs
  • 2nd, Goodtimes Trot Elimination at Mohawk
  • Final at Mohawk
  • P.A.S.S. Division at Harrah's Chester Casino
  • 3rd, Colonial S at Harrah's Chester Casino
  • Open at The Meadowlands

Introducing MONKEY BONES...

There has never been a better time to breed to MONKEY BONES.

Despite being no longer with us, the grey trotting sire is ironically in the best form of his life - in every category possible.

In the 2017/18 Season MONKEY BONES had more starters (31) and more winners (16) than ever before, plus he also set 'personal bests' for the amount of starts by his progeny (338), victories (28), placings (60) and stakes earned (over $305,000).

The million dollar-earning stallion left his 37th individual winner when the consistent Pat The Monkey cleared maidens in early September 2018, plus MONKEY BONES is also earning kudos for siring the highly-talented 3-year-old Blue Coman who possesses tremendous speed.

There is a limited amount of frozen semen remaining, but once we run out it’s gone forever though so if you’re thinking of breeding a MONKEY BONES we’d encourage you to do so sooner rather than later to avoid missing out.

Mindful of the extra costs incurred by breeders when they serve their mares with frozen semen, goStallions has always kept the Stud Fee for MONKEY BONES down but in 2018/19 he's the cheapest he's ever been - just $1000 + GST (and it's pay on live foal).

This makes MONKEY BONES an extremely affordable option amongst trotting stallions, because he's only got Australasian progeny and the oldest of them turned nine in August 2018.

MONKEY BONES offers breeders the proven cross of Andover Hall over a Valley Victory dam, one which is also available via our other trotting stallion THE PRES.

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Latest News:

(September 2016)

Creamee in great form

A trotter that's struck a bit of form in the north lately is the Monkey Bones mare, Creamee.

Emanating from the first crop of her ill-fated grey sire, the now 7-year-old Creamee has just put back-to-back wins together at Cambridge.
She hasn't 'just' been winning either... on August 18 she pounced from a handy sit on the outer to run away and win by three and a quarter lengths, then last Thursday night (September 8) Creamee scored by four after trainer/driver Todd Mitchell siezed the initiative and led for the last mile, really putting the pressure on inside the final 600 metres.
"I didn't want it to be too easy for the backmarkers," Todd said with a smile.
"She loves bowling along like that though, and was just cruising near the finish - she would've grabbed the bit again if anything had got near her."
Creamee's time for the 2700m standing start event might've been a sedate 3:38, but Todd says this was more a reflection of the temperature on-course.
"It was that blimmin' cold on the night, none of the races were won in very quick times.
"She clocked a tick over 3:30 for the same distance during Summer here a couple of years ago though, so she can go the times."
Creamee's latest victory was a nice birthday present for one of her co-owners Merv Jefferis too, as he'd just turned 90 a few days prior. Merv races the Monkey Bones mare in partnership with his son Vaughn, who's well known for his equestrian achievements at national and international levels.
Creamee has now won five of her 37 career appearances, but is obviously in the best form of her life and Todd is thrilled to have finally gotten to the bottom of her issues.
"I was scratching my head with her about six months ago," he admits.
"She'd been struggling for a while, suffering from such things as tying up and seasonal problems.
"But I had a virus go through pretty much the whole team during the latter half of the season just finished; they'd seem to come right, but still weren't performing.
"So I changed all their diets, Creamee's included, and we're on top of things again.
"I couldn't be happier with her actually. She's in a real happy space at the moment, and definitely hasn't finished winning yet."
Creamee's recent performances provide a timely 'plug' for her sire Monkey Bones as we head into another breeding season.
Monkey Bones had to be put down 18 months ago, but there's still a limited supply of frozen semen available at a reduced fee of $2000 + GST (pay on live foal).
For a stallion that can also boast the likes of Millicent (16 wins, $100k), Idle Bones (11 wins, $90k) and Sir George Grey (8 wins, $60k) amongst his 26 winners to date, this represents pretty good value for a proven son of Andover Hall.

Archive News:

(April 22, 2015)

Monkey Bones put down

Noel and Wendy Kennard report that Monkey Bones was put down yesterday.

The 11-year-old Andover Hall stallion was really starting to hit his straps as a sire, especially considering that his oldest crop only turned five in the 2014/15 season.

This was reflected in his popularity with breeders, because despite dwindling mare numbers and even more competition amongst the stallion ranks he still served books of 50, 40 and 66 mares during his last three terms.

But unfortunately Monkey Bones had also been battling health issues over the last 24 months or so too - injuries to his hind legs which stemmed back to when he hurt himself in a freak accident while tearing around his paddock in a playful mood.

The Kennards and their Vet kept a close eye on Monkey Bones ever since, vowing to not let him suffer in the least and always knowing in the back of their minds that eventually it'd be time to say goodbye.

Sadly, that day was yesterday.

Monkey Bones was buried on the Kennards' property in Weedons, and his gravesite will be complimented by a special plaque which they're getting made to commemorate a horse that they adored and a career which was halted way too soon.

"For a stallion he just had the most fantastic temperament," Wendy said.

"Even towards the end, his mind was still willing but his legs just couldn't carry him any further."

Ironically, the fertility of Monkey Bones reached some of its highest levels in what turned out to be his final season as a living sire, 2013/14. This allowed goStallions to collect and freeze enough semen to serve a decent amount of mares, posthumously.

Noel and Wendy would like to thank each and every breeder who supported their grey boy and sent mares to Monkey Bones during his seven short seasons at stud, and wish you all the best with his progeny.


(August 2014)

Monkey on a roll

MONKEY BONES just continues to grow in popularity as a sire - and for good reason!

Despite his first couple of foal crops being low on numbers, it hasn't stopped MONKEY BONES from hitting the headlines again and again.

For starters he was siring 2-year-old winners from the word 'go' – with Bonechip and Millicent emerging victorious as babies in their first season, and then Sir George Grey and Australian filly Four Lillies also saluting as juveniles the following year.

All of these horses have gone on too, improving their records and adding more wins to their careers as they've gotten older. This is the trait of a very good sire.

And then of course there's Doctor Bones, the trotter who certainly put his dad on the map after his debut season as a 3-year-old in 2012/13 yielded four wins and nearly $30,000 in earnings from only 13 appearances.

Doctor Bones reached even greater heights as 4-year-old in the season just finished, stringing together a hat-trick of effortless victories through April and May as he marched towards the Open Class ranks and launched himself into Harness Jewels contention.

He was joined in the 4YO Ruby by the ever-consistent Bonechip, and harness racing's glamour day at Cambridge in June 2014 was topped off wonderfully for MONKEY BONES by his son Sir George Grey also making the line-up for the 3YO Ruby as well.

For breeders, owners or trainers - getting horses into the Harness Jewels are the sort of moments you treasure forever. And the connections of both Sir George Grey and Doctor Bones certainly won’t be forgetting this year’s Jewels after their trotters ran third and second respectively in their Group 1 events – the latter’s effort was brilliant, because he sat parked the whole way yet was only caught in the shadows of the post by a swooper.

Last but by no means least, the Autumn and early part of Winter 2014 will also be remembered for the sterling deeds of two 4-year-old daughters of MONKEY BONES named Jayceekay and Idle Bones.

Jayceekay produced an outstanding debut performance to win at Addington by over 12 lengths, easing down, and to many her second-up run for third was equally jaw-dropping; Jayceekay has continued on her winning way since, and looks special.

Idle Bones flew her father’s flag by winning five races in the space of six starts, the only thing keeping her from having the perfect 'picket fence' formline being a nose second. And these victories were in quick times too - one of them being a 15-length romp at Addington where Idle Bones sensationally mile-rated a tick over 2:00 for the 2600m journey. She too looks destined for the Open Class trotting ranks.

Remarkably, these very talented trotters Doctor Bones, Bonechip, Jayceekay and Idle Bones all belong to their sire's very first crop of just 35 live foals.

It seems like MONKEY BONES has been sending forth winners for years, so it's hard to believe that his oldest progeny turned five at the start of the 2014/15 season. This is still ‘young’ considering the average age of trotting racehorses, so they're only just getting started (a bit like their dad, really).

The growing reputation of MONKEY BONES resulted in him serving his biggest book ever in the 2012/13 season when he covered 50 mares, and last year breeders sent another 40 broodmares to him. His popularity should only continue to strengthen as more of his sons and daughters set foot on the racetrack.

Being a son of Andover Hall, MONKEY BONES stems from one of the hottest and most sought-after sire lines in America... his father has an exceptionally high winners-to-foals percentage, with each of Andover Hall's progeny that makes it to the races averaging an amazing $100,000+ in earnings – plus he’s already sired the winners of well over $52 million including six millionaires, such as the former champion racehorse and now champion stallion, Donato Hanover.

Of course, Andover Hall is a full-brother to the legendary Angus Hall as well, which reinforces just how good the blood of MONKEY BONES really is.

MONKEY BONES also has the maternal bloodlines to compliment his rich siring heritage, because his first four dams were all successful racemares and there are multiple $200,000 and $300,000 winners in the family.

There’s not an ounce of Speedy Crown blood in his first four generations either, making MONKEY BONES the ideal cross for virtually every trotting mare in New Zealand.


(June 2013)

Fourth 2yo winner for Monkey Bones

Monkey Bones added another notch to his belt yesterday when Sir George Grey powered through the slush to score at Cambridge Raceway.

The towering grey gelding is now the fourth 2-year-old winner sired by Monkey Bones, following in the hoofsteps of Bonechip and Millicent here last season and Four Lillies across the Tasman just recently.

The latter is a filly who’s had three career starts to date and won two of them, and looks to be extremely talented.

As does Sir George Grey, because his first campaign was always going to be about education but he managed to end it on the highest of notes.

“He can go to the paddock and have a good couple of months out now,” said his trainer Derek Balle.

“He’s just a big, overgrown baby – he must be getting up towards sixteen hands at least.

“So he’s only going to get better from year to year.”

Bred and raced by Mike and Susan Clegg, Sir George Grey is out of the racewinning Sundon mare Georgeina. Like most owners, the Cleggs ‘sort of’ had the Harness Jewels in mind for their pride and joy; despite how far-fetched the plan might’ve seemed initially, they almost made it.

“Yeah, his win yesterday was one race too late really,” Derek said.

“This horse just never stopped surprising me though. I thought he was way too big to make a 2-year-old, but he came up and qualified and won a race – all in the same campaign.

“And he’s done it all off his own bat. He doesn’t know anything yet, and hasn’t even been screwed down by any means.

“Do I think he’s got a future? For sure!”

All the while that Sir George Grey’s been learning about racing, Derek has been learning about him too.

“He can be a grumpy ol’ bugger out in the paddock, and doesn’t seem to like other horses around him; so he’s a bit of a loner in that respect.

“But he goes to sleep at the races, and around the stables he’s lovely do anything with.

“Most young trotters carry a bit of weight (in their shoes) while you get them sorted, but next time this bloke comes in we’ll take all that weight off and just let him do his own thing.

“He’s got quite a bit of speed.”

Sir George Grey is the first of the Monkey Bones stock that Derek has ever had anything to do with, but he’s a fan of the sire already.

“I think Monkey Bones is doing a great job, from the limited numbers he’s had.

“The ones you see around are all nice horses and seem to have a lovely way of going.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to breed one myself – and I’m sure the wife wouldn’t mind having a grey horse either.”


(May 2013)

Another 2yo winner for Monkey Bones

Monkey Bones sired his first winner across the Tasman when Four Lillies sat parked and scored with something in hand at Ballarat last Wednesday night.

Making the effort even more impressive is the fact that Four Lillies is just a 2-year-old and was on debut, yet despite being left outside the leader she showed plenty of tenacity to stick her head out when it counted at the end of an arduous 2200m event run on a sticky track.

Four Lillies is one of only four Australian-bred foals sired by Monkey Bones, one of them a 3-year-old and the others all two, and she is the first of his progeny over there to step out thus far.

Four Lillies is so named because of the quartet of ladyfriends that bred and race her: Barb Sedgwick, Vicki Cohen, Linda Ellen and Jennifer Lawrence, who unfortunately lost her dam The Wallflower after she developed laminitis.

Barb says they chose Monkey Bones for a number of reasons...

“His pedigree gave us a wider genetic scope, and a chance to improve our bloodlines – and we especially liked the Andover Hall and Valley Victory families,” Barb said.

“The Wallflower was a big mare, and the first foal we bred from her was so large we almost lost him as a consequence. So we looked for a smaller, more athletic type of stallion and Monkey Bones fitted the bill nicely.

“Plus it would’ve been nice to have bred a grey horse,” she added, not in the least bit disappointed that Four Lillies didn’t quite turn out to be the desired colour.

Entrusted into the care of Ross Graham at Sutton Grange, near Bendigo, Four Lillies took no time at all to start pleasing her trainer.

“I’ve liked her from the day I first broke her in,” Ross said.

“She had half a dozen education trials to start with, and didn’t put a foot wrong.

“Then it was about a month ago when she trialled against the 3-year-olds at Bendigo – that’s when she showed she was a little bit better than average.

“She’s got a really good turn of speed in a straight stretch,” he added.

Four Lillies didn’t really get a chance to show her strong suit on debut, having to go to the ‘stamina cupboard’ instead.

Through no fault of her driver Daryl Douglas, she was caught wide so mooched forward soon after the start. Then nothing came round to give her cover, so they were left out there for the remainder; it didn’t stop the filly wanting to kick her career off with a win though.

“Daryl hadn’t driven her before, and I didn’t say much to him apart from the fact that obviously we didn’t want to knock her around too much,” Ross continued.

“And I was rapt with his drive – and the filly!

“You can see it near the finish… he gives her one little slap with the reins and she literally sticks her head out in front of the other horse.”

Obviously thrilled with the start that Four Lillies has made, Ross reports that she’s lining up again in a Heat of the Tatlow Series at Maryborough tonight (Wednesday, May 22) where she’s drawn the pole, then safely through that she’ll target the Tatlow Final at Melton towards the end of next week.

Attention will then switch to possible appearances in the VicBred and Breeders’ Crown Series.

In what was a great couple of days for Monkey Bones last week, following the win by Four Lillies on Wednesday the son of Andover Hall also recorded another victory at Addington when his son Doctor Bones scored on Friday.

Doctor Bones showed gate speed to wrest the lead from his handy barrier draw and kept it the whole way, winning easily by nearly two lengths. He also displayed a bit of his speed over the last quarter too, sprinting home in 28.9 despite the slushy track and cool conditions.

Trained by co-breeder and co-owner Barry Ford, Doctor Bones has now won three and been placed three times from only 11 starts, taking his stakes tally to over $22,000 and well up the ranking order (sixth) for the Harness Jewels as they draw ever nearer.


(April 2013)

More 'firsts' for Monkey Bones

Monkey Bones has made a habit of achieving milestones this season.

At the beginning of 2012/13 his son Bonechip lined up in the Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO Final across the Tasman and ran a meritorious third; less than a fortnight ago he had a participant in the NZ Trotting Oaks thanks to his two-win daughter Millicent, and this Friday night Monkey Bones is going to keep the ‘first time’ theme going when Doctor Bones tackles the NZ Trotting Derby at Addington.

Reaching such accolades as a sire at Group 1 level is one thing… the fact that all three of these horses belong to Monkey Bones’ first small crop is something else again!

Doctor Bones leapt into Derby contention with a super victory at the same course the previous Saturday night.

Forced to sit parked for almost the entire 2600m event, the 3-year-old was always going to be a sitting duck for the swoopers but he shrugged off the late surges of his older and more race-hardened rivals to score comfortably by a neck.

Doctor Bones has quickly taken his career record to two wins and two seconds from only seven appearances – so he’s just as quickly becoming a bit of a family favourite for trainer/driver Barry Ford and his wife Heather, who bred and race the gelding in partnership with their children Monica and Rodney.

“I think that was one of his best runs without doubt,” Barry said, referring to Saturday’s win.

“I knew Ants (Anthony Butt, driving Astral Traveller) wouldn’t hand up once we got alongside him, but I was quite happy to sit there anyway.

“Then when we got to the last quarter I went up and put a bit of pressure on, because he just felt fantastic.”

The Kaikoura horseman says he’s definitely noticed some improvement in Doctor Bones as the season has unfolded, especially lately.

“There was nothing much for him after he last raced at the beginning of March, so I gave him a wee freshener before Saturday night.

“And he had been working better, he’d picked it up a notch.

“He’s really starting to fill out and develop now, and I’m very happy with him.”

So now the attention switches to this Friday night’s $80,000 NZ Trotting Derby, a race which Barry has some reservations about but is keen to compete in nonetheless.

“It’s probably a bit quick… I normally wouldn’t back a horse up so soon (within a week), but he’s had a bit of grounding now so we may as well have a go.

“There’s a couple of good ones, obviously, but I don’t think there’s that many who are better than him.

“They’re only three once. I don’t think he’ll disgrace himself.”

Having earned a decent cheque for his victory last Saturday night, Doctor Bones has also propelled himself up the rankings list for the Harness Jewels 3YO Ruby and now put this Group 1 race on the radar as well.

Barry agrees that, since leading all the way the day he qualified, Saturday was the first time that Doctor Bones has actually had the chance to prove how good his is at ‘racing on the speed’.

Therefore, if he drew a decent marble in any of the feature races coming up, the son of Monkey Bones might just take a bit of catching.

“He’s probably a better stayer than a miler,” Barry says.

“But in saying that, he did trot his last quarter in 27 the day he won at Blenheim so he’s got speed too.”


(March 2013)

First-crop son held in high regard

He hinted that he was talented from the very first time he set foot on a racetrack, and now Doctor Bones has confirmed it by recording a win and two seconds from his first six starts.

Following on from his emphatic maiden win at Waterlea on January 11, where he powered down centre track to put his rivals away, Doctor Bones struck trouble on the second day of the Blenheim meeting but then proved he'd taken no harm from it with another barnstorming run at Rangiora on January 29.

And this is after qualifying at the same course on November 26 when he led all the way and won, easing down, by 12 lengths as he trotted more than eight seconds under the required time.

In one of his latest raceday outings, Doctor Bones settled back from his 30m handicap and was still giving the leaders a hefty headstart when trainer/driver Barry Ford asked him to stretch out nearing the home turn.

Pushed four and five-wide round the last bend, Doctor Bones stayed balanced and trotted home stylishly, getting to within half a length of the winner at the lilne. Considering where he'd come from and his what sort of trip he had to endure, the performance of this 3-year-old son of Monkey Bones was full of superlatives.


(August 2012)

They’re not ‘monkeying around’ about him

Monkey Bones began his stallion career in style last season by siring a couple of 2-year-old winners from his first crop, but he’s set to make an even bigger splash in 2012/13.

Especially if reputations are anything to go by, because trainers from one end of the country to the other are beaming about the Monkey Bones progeny that they’ve got in their stables.

The son of Andover Hall’s oldest crop of 35 foals have just turned three, and in addition to his winners Bonechip and Millicent there’s half a dozen others the same age which are officially registered as being in training.

Here’s just some of the reports…

“She’s got real speed,” says Cambridge horseman Dave Kaa about Creamee, a filly out of the Sundon mare Sunina.

“To be fair her family hasn’t left much, but Creamee isn’t hot-headed in any way; she’s definitely thrown to the Monkey Bones side.

“She’s a lovely trotter, and didn’t wear a boot. I’ve just got her back in now and she’s really strengthened up since her first campaign.

“Is she promising? Absolutely!”

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“A real nice horse,” says Sheffield trainer Pete Molloy about Pork Bones, a gelding out of his unraced Earl mare Kathys Last.

“And he’s massive – he’d be the biggest horse I’ve got on the place. But everything’s in proportion, he’s nice and long and has got a lovely way of going.

“I did a bit with him last time in, and he’s having a couple of months off at the moment. It’s just going to be a strength and maturity thing with him now.”

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“A nice little horse who trots good,” says Kaikoura horseman Barry Ford about Doctor Bones, a gelding out of his Camtastic mare Manakau Bay.

“He’s got a nice style and steps out well.

“We turned him out for the Winter, and he’s just back in now and jogging up.

“He definitely shows a bit of promise.”

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“Lovely-gaited with a great temperament and attitude,” says Waikouaiti trainer Andrew Faulks about Bono Hest, a gelding out of the racewinning Sundon mare Ruby Hest.

“He would’ve qualified easy enough as a 2-year-old, but he’d been up for a while so I just tipped him out for a couple of months.

“He doesn’t need any boots, front or behind – he wears them, but he doesn’t need them.

“And I really like him. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t make the grade.”

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“All he wants to do is trot,” says Invercargill horseman Wayne Adams about Bone Of Contention, a gelding out of the Alias Charm mare Just A Moment.

“He’s big and grey and is a lovely steering horse – he wears a saddle and a bridle and that’s it!

“He went out for a spell after we broke him in, and when we got busy over Summer I gave him to Brent Barclay to work with another horse of his; the day Brent dropped him back off again he lowered the float door and said, ‘Wayne, you’re going to have a lot of fun with this horse’.

“He even bowled around with the 2-year-old pacers a couple of times, and had no trouble keeping up with them.

“Yep – he’s a really, really nice horse. I wouldn’t hesitate getting another one.”


(May 2012)

First siring success for Monkey Bones

Monkey Bones sired his first winner when Bonechip powered home to take out the opening event at Cambridge last Thursday night.

Bonechip is a 2-year-old trotter stemming from the first small crop of foals by Monkey Bones, who’s also been represented by the starters Millicent, Creamee and Gorilla Playboy to prove that his stock obviously get up and running early.

It was only a matter of time before Bonechip put his sire on the map too, because after running third on debut at Auckland on May 4 the colt finished second at Cambridge six days later and then went one better again last week.

Tardy starts had been costly in his first couple of outings, but Bonechip certainly showed what he was capable of when he sprinted home in better than 29 seconds to beat Mollyz Luck, who’d won three of her six starts up until that point.

“He’s improving all the time,” says Brent Mangos, who trains Bonechip in partnership with Hayden Cullen.

“Getting away safely behind the mobile is something that’ll come to him, I’ve just wanted to keep him as quiet as I can while he learns things.

“And it’s probably lucky that he hasn’t struck the real good ones straight away; it’s only been mediocre company so far.”

Bred by Twisted Stick Lodge’s Lyn and Blair O’Connell and the latter’s father Dave, Bonechip is out of the Chiola Cola mare Lyn Chiola and was secured from the rescheduled Third Day of last year’s N.Z. Premier Sale.

Brent had commitments at a Manawatu racemeeting the same afternoon and couldn’t be ringside in Christchurch, so he left the bidding duties with his good mate Blair Orange and told him to “go to about five thousand”.

“I’d seen the colt a couple of months earlier and been pretty impressed.

“Blair rang later that day to tell me we’d got him, and when I asked how much he said ‘ten’ – my reply was that you southern boys obviously can’t count,” Mangos said with a smile.

The Pukekohe horseman wasn’t quibbling over the price then, and he definitely isn’t now either, because he and his daughter Angela together with stable client Warren Oliver suddenly find themselves with a starter in the Harness Jewels.

“He’s paid up for the Breeders’ Crown Series, and that’s been his main aim all along really.

“It’s only luck that he’s made it into the Jewels, and he’s probably not as forward as half of those he’ll line up against. But the occasion will help him, because the experience of Jewels Day is as good as any you’ll get.

“He’s had three races in three weeks so he doesn’t need much more, and I’ll just keep him ticking over until then; he’ll work around here at home and I’ll take him to Pukekohe for some mobile practice.”

Safely through the Jewels, Bonechip will be on a flight across the Tasman in mid-June to settle in for his assault on the Breeders’ Crown. Brent feels the colt “isn’t as good the Auckland way around” at this stage of his career, and as that’s where the only northern qualifier for the Series is being held, Bonechip will head to Australia early for a Heat over there instead.

“I think he’ll develop into a real nice horse next season,” Brent says.

“Everything he’s shown to date he’s done on his own, on sheer ability.

“One of the things I like about him is that he’s got stamina, there’s a bit of bottom to him, and he seems to be able to maintain his speed for a long time.

“Tuhimata Glass had more speed than Bonechip at the same age, and even won the Breeders’ Crown as a 2-year-old – but this bloke’s probably a bit better than him.”


(November 2011)

Monkey Bones’s family ‘red hot’ in America
- outstanding success at the Breeders’ Crown

All three of Wai-Eyre Farm’s trotting stallions – Monkey Bones, The Pres and Angus Hall – belong to the same sire line and it’s one which is ‘red hot’ in the U.S.

A quick glance at the Leading Money-Winning Sires of 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and All-Age Trotters shows the same stallion names appearing at the top in each and every category… Andover Hall, Angus Hall, Conway Hall, Broadway Hall, Cantab Hall and Donato Hanover.

Andover Hall is by Garland Lobell out of Amour Angus, as are his full-brothers Angus Hall and Conway Hall; Broadway Hall is a son of Conway Hall; Cantab Hall is closely related on his dam’s side (his grandam is a full-sister to Amour Angus, the dam of Angus Hall, Andover Hall and Conway Hall), and Donato Hanover is also by Andover Hall.

New Zealand breeders have an easily-accessible link to this ‘red hot’ sire line because not only do Wai-Eyre Farm offer frozen semen for Angus Hall, their resident stallions The Pres and Monkey Bones are also by Andover Hall as well.

This sire line virtually ‘cleaned up’ at the Breeders Crown events which were staged at Woodbine Racetrack on October 29…

* the US$300,000 Mares Final was won by Frenchfrysnvinegar (by Angus Hall) in 1.53.3; second was Action Broadway (by Broadway Hall)

* the US$600,000 2YO Fillies Final was won by Check Me Out (Donato Hanover) in 1.54.4; second was Win Missy B (Conway Hall); third was For A Dancer (Conway Hall)

* the US$600,000 2YO Colts Final was won by Uncle Peter (Cantab Hall) in 1.55; second was Possess The Will (Donato Hanover); third was Delano (out of a Conway Hall mare)

* the US$500,000 3YO Fillies Final was won by Cedar Dove (Andover Hall) in 1.53.3; third was Oh Sweet Baby (Angus Hall)

* and Broad Bahn (Broadway Hall) ran second the US$610,000 3YO Colts Final