This speedy son of the great Andover Hall continues to make a good impression in the trotting siring ranks in Australasia.
Racing as just a two and three-year-old, Monkey Bones won six and was placed seven times from just 22 starts. Going 1:57:6 at two and 1:56 :6 at three on his way to earning over $230,000 in his very short career, Monkey Bones was purchased by prominent and well respected Canterbury stallion owner, Noel Kennard.
Ensconced at Wai-Eyre stud farm , this beautifully bred son of Andover Hall was was well received by breeders with his initial crops of 35 and 23 giving him an opportunity to show his worth.
With his first crop just turned four, Monkey Bones is well on his way to being a successful sire. He has already had 14 qualifiers in NZ and several look way above average. Doctor Bones (4 wins) would be the best of them to date , showing real talent when competing against Blitzemcalder and Habibti in the three-year-old classics last season. Millicent (4 wins) and Bonechip (3 wins and 3rd in Breeders Crown 2yr old trot) are two others to have looked very promising with Bonechip recently moving to the barn of Mark Purdon.
With just four live foals old enough to race in Australia, he is the sire of the smart 2yr old of last season in Four Lillies who won four of nine in her debut season on her way to earning $24,000
And it is no wonder his stock can run when you take a closer look at his breeding.
By the great sire Andover Hall who has left $50,000,000 worth of winners, with six millionaires including the sensational Donato Hanover (1:50:8 $3,058,000). the dam of Monkey Bones is the speedy Valley Victory mare in Milestone Hanover (1:57:3) who is a half sister to the outstanding racehorse, No Monet Hanover (1:55:2 $750,000). So it is a pedigree full of speed and class.
With his first crop showing up so well, Monkey Bones served his largest book to date last year when he covered 50 mares. When you consider that only 600 trotting mares are bred in NZ each year, you can see that Monkey Bones has come of age as a sire.
This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of the "forgotten"sires in Australasia.