Successful stallion El Hermano has lost a long battle with a hoof injury.
Cheval Stud’s Frank Drummond confirmed today that the unraced brother to the Cox Plate winner El Segundo had been humanely put down, aged 12.
From limited opportunities El Hermano sired the Group Two winners Farm Boy and Underthemoonlight, as well as Group One-placed El Pescado and El Pistola.
He suffered a life-threatening hoof injury while being broken in, but co-breeder and owner Philip Brown was insistent that the colt, which had made A$500,000 as a yearling in Sydney, be saved.
"Unfortunately those hoof problems finally caught up with him," Drummond said. “That foot was always going to be his nemesis.
"It had just got to the point where it was affecting his quality of life and we didn't want to see him suffer, so we did what we had to do."
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.
His demise also sees the end of Cheval Stud with Drummond and his wife Faye deciding to sell their Pukeatua property.