Hernando succumbs to heart attack

Lanwades Stud stallion Hernando has died after suffering a fatal heart attack.  Aged 23, he had been in retirement at the Newmarket farm since 2011.

Hernando (Niniski – Whakilyric by Miswaki) was trained by Francois Boutin and captured the 1993 French Derby and finished second in the Irish Derby.  He also won the G1 Prix Lupin and G2 Prix Niel that year.

After Boutin’s death, the Niarchos family transferred Hernando to John Hammond to claim the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron before finishing second to Turk Passer in the G1 Turf Classic at Belmont Park.

At stud, Hernando is best known as the sire of French Derby winner Sulamani.  He was also a G1 winner in the USA (Arlington Million), England (Juddmonte International), Canada (Canadian International) and Dubai (Sheema Classic).

Hernando has sired 361 winners topped by Group 1 winners Holding Court, Look Here, Casual Conquest, Gitano Hernando and Rainbow Pea

“Hernando was a most charming character, always kind and co-operative,” Lanwades owner Kirsten Rausing said.  “He will be very sadly missed by us all.”

Lanwades buried him next to long-time stud companion Selkirk who died two months ago.