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Tip o’ the hat to long-term trotting sire Armbro Invasion who died recently of a heart attack at 27 years of age.

Harnesslink carried an article which reminds us of the top quality trotters he produced over many years.

The most recent highlight was Stig winning the 2013 Rowe Cup at the great age of 11. A hugely popular victory.

Armbro Invasion is best remembered as a sire for consistency and durability of his own siring record and the qualities of his progeny. His New Zealand statistics reflect that. His first crop was born in 1993 and he’s had over 800 live foals here over those 18 years. His time at stud was in parallel to the great Sundon, and the cross has been well used as a blend of durability and speed.

Just looking over the past 10 years his starter to winner ratios have been hovering around the 2:1 – 3:1 mark annually.
2005 (86/40), 2006 (92/47), 2007 (81/41), 2008 (79/38), 2009 (80/50), 2010 (84/37), 2011 (80/44), 2012 (57/26), 2013 46/24) and so far this season 41/17.

That’s why a lot of owners and trainers enjoyed his trotters – if you have a starter, you have a good chance of a winner.

He was never known as a producer of early types or high speed, but once they got going they were often tough and durable. His youngest crop here (before he moved to Australia) are now 3yos, and one recent qualifier I will be watching is the filly Rattle (Ambro Invasion – Scuffle) who is a grand-daughter of the great Tussle, one of my favourite racemares ever.

He’s done a great job as a broodmare sire too – one of his best known credits here is Charlemagne, the dual Jewels winner bred by Tony Dickinson of Alta Lodge and owned/trained by Colin Butler in the Waikato.

Armbro Invasion’s own breeding was tops – by Speedy Crown from the great mare Delmegan (by Super Bowl) who won $469,593, and his grandam was Delmonica Hanover (by Speedy Count) who was a sensational racehorse winning $832,925.

His family is an interesting one to track on Classic Families database (free access on Peppertree Farm website) to see how other branches of his great dam and grandam have fared both in America and Europe.

Armbro Invasion was by no means the best performer of Delmegan’s foals. His own record is only 14 starts from 2 to 4yo and a total stakes of only $13,226. These days he would probably never be given a chance at stud!

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