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Selkirk filly storms to Flower Bowl success

Belmont Park: Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (Grade 1), turf, 1m2f, 3yo+ f/m

NAHRAIN (4 f Selkirk - Bahr by Generous)

Bred by Darley in Britain

BRITISH-BRED Nahrain bounced back to form on Saturday night for Roger Varian when swooping late under John Velazquez to take the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park. In the process, she went two places better than her dam Bahr, who ran third in the race for Saeed bin Suroor in 1998.

Fillies bred in Europe filled the first four places as the French-bred Zagora (by Green Tune) held on for second ahead of the Irish-bred pair Dream Peace (by Dansili) and I'm A Dreamer (by Noverre).

Nahrain is one of 15 Group or Grade 1 winners by Lanwades Stud veteran Selkirk. A top miler when trained by Ian Balding during the early 1990s, the 24-year-old Selkirk has been one of the most consistent and versatile sires of his era, with his better known progeny ranging from high-class sprinter The Trader to Irish St Leger heroine Kastoria. The son of Sharpen Up has fared particularly well for Juddmonte, for whom he has sired 1,000 Guineas winner Wince, Prix Jean Romanet scorer Announce and this year's dominant Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape.

Nahrain was bred by Darley out of Bahr, who was campaigned by Godolphin to win the 1998 Ribblesdale Stakes and run second in the Irish Oaks. The daughter of Generous, who is a granddaughter of champion New Zealand mare La Mer, is also the dam of five other winners including Listed scorer Baharah (by Elusive Quality).


Belmont Park: Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (Grade 1), turf, 1m4f, 3yo+

POINT OF ENTRY (4 c Dynaformer - Matlacha Pass by Seeking The Gold)

Bred by Phipps Stable in Kentucky

DESPITE not being totally at home on the yielding turf, Point Of Entry maintained his domination of the American grass ranks with an authoritative win over Treasure Beach in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes. One of 26 Group or Grade 1 winners by the late Dynaformer, Point Of Entry was bagging his third Grade 1 of 2012.

Dynaformer died in late April at the age of 27 following an outstanding stud career, the majority of which was spent at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky. His tally of Group/Grade 1 winners includes several European turf stars such as Blue Bunting, Lucarno and Rainbow View but the son of Roberto was also incredibly versatile, siring dirt runners of the calibre of Kentucky Derby hero Barbaro as well as a recent Grade 1 Polytrack winner in this season's Ashland Stakes heroine Karlovy Vary.

Trained by Shug McGaughey on behalf of his breeder, the Phipps Stable, Point Of Entry owns a pedigree steeped in Phipps tradition. He is a half-brother to the ill-fated 2006 Grade 1 Gazelle and Alabama Stakes heroine Pine Island (by Roberto's grandson Arch) and out of Matlacha Pass, a half-sister to the 2005 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home and Grade 2 scorer Country Hideaway. The latter is the dam of the Grade 1-placed Boca Grande and also worked with Dynaformer to produce Grade 3 winner Vacation.

Point Of Entry's third dam is the dual Grade 1 winner Maplejinsky, who also produced the 1993 Grade 1 Alabama Stakes heroine Sky Beauty as well as the dam of top miler Tale Of Ekati. Further back, it is the family of Dayjur.

 

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