BEARSTONE STUD has announced that its Group One winning miler Firebreak died last week aged 21 following a deterioration in his health. The son of Charnwood Forest, who had been living out his retirement on the stud, had served at Bearstone since he finished racing at the end of 2004. Firebreak, who won the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes and Group 3 Prix de Cabourg as a 2yo for Andrew Balding and Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, was sold to Godolphin for a then record 525,000gns at the 2001 Tattersalls October Horses In Training Sale. Under the care of Saeed bin Suroor, he won the Group 2 Godolphin Mile in 2003 and 2004 before finishing his career by winning the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile as a 5yo. He now has a race, over 1600m on dirt, named after him at the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Although he never covered large books of mares during his time at stud, he sired four Stakes winners on the Flat, the best of which was the Pat Eddery-trained Hearts Of Fire, who took the Group 1 Gran Criterium in Italy as a juvenile. Fire Ship raided the Group 3 Prix Quincey when with William Knight while Caledonia Lady, a Listed winner for Jo Hughes, was sold to continue her breeding career in Japan. Two years ago it was revealed that he was to be pensioned and Bearstone’s owner Terry Holdcroft said: “It’s a very sad day at Bearstone Stud, as we have had to say goodbye to Firebreak. “We were very lucky that Sheikh Mohammed, who has always owned him, allowed us to stand him at Bearstone. “We bred a Group One winner by him in Hearts Of Fire from his first crop and he was an absolute pleasure to have around. He never received the mares he deserved. We will all miss him.”