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"Limited Book" For UK Sire Selkirk In 2012

Tuesday, 11th October 2011

In Newmarket, 23-year-old US-bred sire Selkirk (Sharpen Up-Annie Edge, by Nebbiolo) “will cover a limited book of mares next season, following the decision to wind up the syndicate in control of the stallion” reported racingpost.com. As a result, Selkirk “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. James Wigan from London Thoroughbred Services commented: “Selkirk will be 24-years-old next year & while he's very well in himself, he is at an age where his fertility could start declining. He got about three-quarters of his book (of 20 mares) in-foal this year & 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 & 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 (A$32,000). From 16 crops of racing age, he is the sire 43 Group-winners (including 14 at Gr1 level).

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