El Hermano put down in NZ

Pukeatua-based Cheval Stud will be sold following the death of its sire El Hermano.

Owners Frank and Faye Drummond announced El Hermano (NZ) had been put down after losing a long battle with a hoof injury.  The 12 year-old son of Pins retired to stud as an unraced brother to G1 Cox Plate (2040m) winner El Segundo.

“Unfortunately those hoof problems finally caught up with him,” Drummond said.  “It had just got to the point where it was affecting his quality of life and we didn’t want to see him suffer.”

El Hermano began his stud career at a service fee of $500 and such was the demand for his progeny that his fee rose to $4,000.  The best of his progeny were Group 2 winners Farm Boy and Underthemoonlight.