|Sire||Ring the Bell|
|Damsire||Crest of the Wave|
|Foaled||10 November 1988|
|Breeder||Mrs N. M. Taylor|
|Owner||Sir Stanley Clarke CBE|
|Record||13: 4-5-1 (in Britain);|
23: 2-5-1 (in NZ)
|Earnings||£236,101 (in Britain);|
$20,975 (in NZ)
|Grand National (1997)|
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