|Sire||Armbro Invasion (NZ)|
|Maternal grandsire||Jet D’Emeraude|
|Foaled||18 December 1995|
|Breeder||A M Corkran (NZ)|
|Owner||Long Drive Syndicate (NZ)|
|Trainer||T G Butt (NZ)|
|67 starts for 39 wins|
|2001, 2002 & 2003 Dominion Handicap |
2001 & 2003 Inter Dominion Trotting Championship
2003 Rowe Cup
|Last updated on: 24 October 2011.|
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