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ⓘ Nahrain




Nahrain
                                     

ⓘ Nahrain

Nahrain is a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. Unraced as a two-year-old she won her first four races in 2011 including the Coral Distaff and the Prix de lOpera before finishind second in the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She struggled to find her form in the early part of the 2012 season but returned to her best to take the Flower Bowl Stakes. She made an immediate impact as a broodmare, with her first foal being Benbatl.

                                     

1. Background

Nahrain is a chestnut mare with a broad white blaze bred in England by the Darley Stud. During her racing career she carried the yellow and black colours of Ahmed Al-Maktoum and was initially sent into training with Michael Jarvis at Newmarket, Suffolk. When Jarvis retired in early 2011 the stable was taken over by his assistant Roger Varian, who trained Nahrain throughout her racing career.

She was sired by Selkirk an American-bred miler who won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 1991. As a breeding stallion, his other successful offspring included Wince, Sublimity, Kastoria and Cityscape. Nahrains dam Bahr was a top-class middle-distance performer who won the Musidora Stakes and Ribblesdale Stakes as well as finishing second in the Epsom Oaks. She was a grand-daughter of the outstanding New Zealand racemare La Mer.

Her name means two rivers نهرين in Arabic, which refers to the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Iraq.

                                     

2.1. Racing career 2011: three-year-old season

Nahrain did not race as a juvenile, owing to an injury sustained in July 2010, and made her racecourse debut in a maiden race over one mile on good to firm ground at Windsor Racecourse on 16 May. Ridden by Neil Callan she started at odds of 11/2 and won by a length from Paoletta after taking the lead approaching the final furlong. William Buick took the ride when the filly started 8/15 favourite for a handicap race over the same distance at Haydock Park on 9 June and won "very easily" by five lengths under a weight of 131 pounds. At Sandown Park on 2 July Nahrain was stepped up in class and, with Callan in the saddle, started 4/6 favourite in a six-runner field for the Listed Coral Distaff. After starting poorly she settled in fourth place before taking the lead approaching the final furlong and won "readily" by one and a half lengths from Primevere. After the race the filly lost her form: according to Varian "she fell away on us. She lost a lot of condition, and with a huge team effort in the yard, she has now, arent we? We were second last year. From when she was second last year we were keen to have another toot at it this year. She’s shown up today, hasn’t she?"

At Santa Anita Park on 2 November Nahrain made her second attempt to win the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Ridden by Dettori she started the 8/1 third choice in the betting but was never in serious contention and came home tenth of the eleven runners behind Zagora. A month later it was announced that the filly had been retired from racing, with Varian saying "She has been a huge asset to the start of my training career. She has been a pleasure to train, and I now hope she has a long and successful career as a broodmare."

In the 2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings Nahrain was given a rating of 116, making her the 170th best racehorse in the world.

                                     

3. Breeding record

At the end of her racing career Nahrain was retired to become a broodmare for the Darley Sud. She produced at least four foals and two winners:

  • Ta Allak, chestnut colt, 2015, by New Approach. Third on only start.
  • Fooraat, bay filly, 2017, by Dubawi. Won one race.
  • Benbatl, a bay colt, foaled in 2014, sired by Dubawi. Won ten races including the Dubai Turf, Bayerisches Zuchtrennen and Caulfield Stakes.
  • Basford Dan, bay colt later gelded, 2016, by Dansili. Unraced.

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