Undefeated Champion and Sire Fasliyev Dies

Undefeated European champion and sire Fasliyev dies July 8 at in Japan. He was 16.

Fasliyev, a European champion 2-year-old and sire of five champions and 32 graded stakes winners, died July 8 in Japan. He was 16.

According to reports from Dr. Naoya Yoshida of Winchester Farm near Lexington, the son of Nureyev died from severe diaphragmatic hernia at Yushun Stallion Company, where he had stood since 2008.

Fasliyev was bred in Kentucky by Harold Harrison out of the Mr. Prospector mare Mr. P's Princess. Consigned by Dixiana Farm, as agent for Harrison, to the 1998 Keeneland July sale of selected yearlings, the colt was purchased for $450,000 by Demi O'Byrne.

Racing for Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier, Fasilyev was trained by Aidan O'Brien for all of his five starts as a 2-year-old. Winning his maiden in April 1999 in Ireland at Leopardstown by a three-length margin, the colt was next sent out in May at the Curragh, where he likewise bested the field in the Victor Chandler Marble Hill Stakes.

That summer Fasliyev went on to register three more victories: the Coventry Stakes (Eng-III) at Ascot, the Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown, and the Prix Morny (Fr-I) at Deauville. The undefeated juvenile was highweighted at 2 in Europe, England, Ireland, and France. He was also honored as Europe's 1999 champion 2-year-old colt, after which a fractured pastern put Fasliyev on the sidelines and the decision was made to retire him.

Entering stud at Coolmore's Irish division, Fasliyev shuttled to Coolmore Australia for the 2001, 2002, and 2004 Southern Hemisphere seasons. His stud fee reached as high as €75,000 (about $96,200 in U.S. funds) in Ireland for the 2004 season. After his 2007 season in Ireland, Fasliyev was acquired by Japanese buyers and stood the past six seasons at Yushun Stallion Station in Japan for a private fee.

Named champion first-season stallion in 2003, Fasliyev sired 34 juvenile winners, equalling the record held by End Sweep at the time. As a stallion he went on sire 523 winners, including 38 stakes winners.

He counts among those winners group I winner Carry On Katie; 2005 Austrian Horse of the Year Happy Holiday; group II winner Chineur; and 2010 German highweight Amico Fritz.