Globetrotter Falbrav Dies At 26 In Japan

Falbrav winning the Eclipse | Racingfotos.com

Group 1-winning globetrotter Falbrav (Ire) (Fairy King-Gift Of The Night, by Slewpy) died at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan on Friday, Netkeiba reported on Saturday. The eight-time Group 1 winner, who was pensioned in 2015, was 26.

“Falbrav passed away at the age of 26 in Shadai Stallion Station, Japan,” the Japanese news site posted on X. “Rest in peace.”

Eisuke Tokutake, manager of Shadai Stallion Station, told Sanspo.com, “He had a little colic and was a little sick since the end of last year.”

Bred by Azienda Agricola Francesca and raced by Scuderia Rencati originally, the bay won one of four starts at two in Italy for trainer Luciano d'Auria. At three, he ran second in the G1 Derby Italiano, however it was at four and five that he truly shone. The G1 Premio Presidente della Repubblica and G1 Gran Premio di Milano went his way in consecutive starts in the late spring of 2002, and his first start outside of Italy was a third in that September's G2 Prix Foy. His final appearance at four was a nose victory over Sarafan (Lear Fan) in the G1 Japan Cup.

Transferred to Luca Cumani, he started his 5-year-old season with a third in the G1 Prix Ganay in the spring and won the G1 Prix d'Ispahan in May, with new co-owner Teruya Yoshida signed on. Successful in the G1 Eclipse S. in England in July, he added the G1 International S. two starts later in August and would never be out of the money in four more appearances that season.

Second to High Chaparral (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) in the G1 Irish Champion S. in September of 2003, Falbrav cut back to a mile and landed the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. later that month. At the Breeders' Cup, held that year in California, he was only a head behind GI Turf deadheaters High Chaparral and Johar (Gone West) at the end of October. His career swansong was a two-length victory in the G1 Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin that December. His record stands at eight Group/Grade 1 wins in five different countries with a mark of 26-13-5-5 and $5,825,517 in earnings.

Falbrav spent the majority of his career at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan, although he did stand at Cheveley Park Stud in England at one point and also shuttled to Australia. A total of 18 of his 819 foals were stakes winners, with 12 making the grade at Pattern level. His best progeny included Fravashi (Aus), I'm Yours (Jpn), Fanunalter (GB), A Shin Virgo (Jpn), and Brava Fortune (Aus), who won Group 2 races in Australia, Japan, the UK, Japan, and Australia, respectively.

As a broodmare sire, Falbrav is responsible for 18 stakes winners overall and 11 group winners, with Group 1 winners Kenedna (Aus), a dual Group 1 winner in Australia, and Harp Star (Jpn) and Stelvio (Jpn) flying the flag for his daughters.

Out of the Slewpy mare Gift Of The Night, who ran second in the Listed Prix Herod, Falbrav was a half-brother to the stakes-placed Fattsota (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), and three of his half-sisters are black-type producers.

 

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