Selkirk signs off at Lanwades

Lanwades Stud has announced the death of its leading sire Selkirk.  Aged 25, he passed away two years after being pensioned by the Newmarket nursery.

Selkirk has sired 15 Group 1 winners among 90 individual stakes winners.  A son of Sharpen Up, he was trained by Ian Balding for owner-breeder George Strawbridge and developed into a top-class miler winning the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in his final start as a three year-old.

Kept in training as a four-year-old in 1992, Selkirk added the G2 Lockinge Stakes and G2 Challenge Stakes and narrowly failed to gain a second Group 1 when going down by a head to Marling in a memorable Sussex Stakes.

“He was just the most wonderful horse to have around – he had a beautiful temperament,” Balding recalled.  “He was a real good horse, we had three seasons of him and it was just a pleasure.

“He was a bit unlucky, too.  He was just a gallop short for that wonderful race he had with Marling in the Sussex Stakes.  He had a bit of a setback and wasn’t 100% and that showed in the last couple of yards.”

Selkirk has also come to the fore as a broodmare sire with his daughters producing Group 1 winners Quiff, Mount Nelson, Simply Perfect and Termagant.