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Nahrain (Frankie Dettori) beats Announce (Maxime Guyon) to win the Prix de L'Opera

Nahrain beats Announce to win the Prix de L'Opera - bothare by Selkirk

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Limited book for stalwart sire Selkirk next year

SELKIRK, whose daughters Nahrain and Announce fought out the finish to the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp earlier this month, will cover a limited book of mares next season following the decision to wind up the syndicate in control of the stallion.

As a result, the 23-year-old son of Sharpen Up is now under the control of his long-time home, Lanwades Stud, rather than London Thoroughbred Services, under whose banner he has covered since his retirement to stud in 1993.

"Selkirk will be 24-years-old next year and while he's very well in himself, he is at an age where his fertility could start declining," said James Wigan of London Thoroughbred Services.

"He got about three-quarters of his his book (of 20 mares) in foal this year and numbers will be restricted again next year.
"The horse is now under the control of Lanwades, who have promised to give him a home for life. Previous shareholders can continue using him at a nominal fee and outsiders will still be able to send mares."

Selkirk had to be taken out of service in 2009 after suffering a sudden loss of fertility but successfully returned the following year to the extent that he has 41 reported foals on the ground. He stood the 2011 season at £20,000.

From 16 crops of racing age he is the sire 43 Group winners including 14 at Group 1 level.




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