The well known French classic winner and champion Hernando has died from an apparent heart attack. The stallion was 23 years old.
Hernando was the son of Niniski, and is perhaps best known for his win in the French Classic Grade I. He stood throughout his stud career at the Lanwades Stud, located in Newmarket.
He lived out his life at Lanwades Stud. Hernando was always tended and cared for by his devoted handler, Steve McKeown. He was a lucky horse to have been paired up with his own caretaker for over 17 years out of his total 23. McKeown will miss the stallion terribly.
One of his best known offspring is the 2003 Arlington winner, Sulamani.
The stallion was relieved of his studly duties in 2011 and he enjoyed his retirement in green paddocks and a comfortable stall.
In a published statement from Lanwades owner Kirsten Rausing:
"Hernando had been retired from his stud duties since the close of the 2011 stud season, and his final produce are now yearlings. He was a most charming character, always kind and co-operative, and he is very sadly missed by us all at Lanwades. I particularly wish to thank the horse's owner/breeder, the Niarchos family, for entrusting him to us at Lanwades.”
Hernando was buried at the farm, next to Selkirk.
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