$1.80 'Bonecrusher' (used).
The “Sport of Kings” is a well-recognised feature of New Zealand life. The big meetings attract huge crowds and generate much excitement with harness racing also making a big impact along with the more established gallops. The horse racing industry that employs tens of thousands of people and New Zealand-bred yearlings attract buyers from around the world and bring in millions of dollars in export earnings annually. Six of the country's more recent (1996) crowd-pleasers were featured in this special Racehorses stamp issue.
40c 'Kiwi' gummed stamp.
A memorable, storming run from the back of the field to win the 1993 Melbourne Cup assured Kiwi of legendary status.
80c 'Rough Habit' gummed stamp.
Well-travelled internationally, Rough Habit was Horse of the Year in 1992 and 1995 and has won more than $5 million - more than any other New Zealand racehorse.
$1.00 'Blossom Lady' gummed stamp.
Blossom Lady has so far paced her way to 43 career wins and earnings of $1.3 million, the most by any harness racing mare in Australasia.
$1.20 'Il Vicolo' gummed stamp.
The 1995 Harness Horse of the Year, Il Vicolo, a four-year-old and still racing, already has some memorable victories to his credit including the New Zealand Derby-Great Northern Derby double and the New South Wales Derby. Recently Il Vicolo won the New Zealand Cup-Air New Zealand Free For All double.
$1.50 'Horlicks' gummed stamp.
Horlicks had already established a proud record in Australasia before lining up in the 1989 Japan Cup. Her victory in that event elevated her to greatness.
$1.80 'Bonecrusher' gummed stamp.
A horse that caught the imagination of the entire country with some stunning victories from 1985-1988, Bonecrusher will be remembered most for a wonderful win in Melbourne’s 1986 Cox Plate.
First Day Cover - 24 January 1996.
Other Special Collectable Items.
Limited Edition Miniature Sheet with one 40c, one 80c, one $1, one $1.20, one $1.50 and one $1.80 stamp (2,000 numbered copies)
Limited Edition FDC - 24 January 1996.
Miniature Sheet Booklet.
This colourful booklet contained 28 pages, including seven souvenir stamp sheets in miniature sheet format and a wealth of information about horse racing and the horses.
Date of issue: 24 January 1996.
Designer: BNA Design, Wellington, New Zealand.
Printer: Joh Enschedé, Netherlands.
Stamp size: 40mm x 28mm; Miniature Sheet Size: 99mm x 124mm.
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet; Miniature sheets of one and six stamps.
Perforation gauge: 14.25 x13.75.
Paper type: Red phosphor coated, unwatermarked.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 24 January 1997.