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Dual Guineas Winner Rodrigo De Triano Dies
Five-time Gr1 winner Rodrigo De Triano (El Gran Senor-Hot Princess, by Hot Spark), who gave Lester Piggott the last of his five victories in the 2,000 Guineas, has died of pneumonia at the age of 25, reports racingpost.com. Trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam for Robert Sangster, the homebred son of El Gran Senor was a star 2YO in 1991, going unbeaten in five races including the Middle Park Stakes. He was surprisingly defeated on his first start at three in the Greenham Stakes before bouncing back to win the English 2,000 Guineas under Piggott. Besides the Middle Park Stakes and 2,000 Guineas, Rodrigo De Triano's other features wins were the Juddmonte International, Irish 2,000 Guineas, and Champion Stakes. His final appearance was in the Breeders' Cup Classic before being sold to stand as a stallion in Japan, siring Japanese Oaks winner Erimo Excel. "He had a great turn of foot on fast ground and that's why he was such a good horse," said Chapple-Hyam. "He was an easy horse to train and was good from the first time I worked him. I was only young, but I thought I had a racehorse on my hands." He added, "I'm quite sad that he's died, but he had a good life."