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Rafael Fernández

Full name: Rafael Fernández de Henostrosa y Salabert
Gender: Male
Born: September 1, 1895 in Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Died: March 30, 1940 in Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Title: Duque de Santo Mauro, Comte de Estradas
Country: ESP Spain
Sport: Polo


The second Duke of Santo Mauro, Rafael Fernández’s father was the first Duke and was the head of the Queen of Spain’s household, and his mother was the Countess of Ofalia. Fernández never married and consequently the title passed to his sister Casilda, as Duchess, on his death. Rafael was a distinguished naval officer and held the post of Captain at the time of his death. During the Spanish Civil War he was Captain of the lookout boat “Jupiter”. He was a 6-handicap polo player and one of Spain’s finest players of the era. Most of his polo in the 1920s and 30s was played at his home club, the Biarritz Polo Club in France. For the 1924 Olympics he ventured further north to Saint-Cloud, Paris, the city of his birth. Having sat out Spain’s three big defeats by the United States, Argentina and Great Britain, he was in the side at No.3 that beat the French 15-1. The Madrid hotel bearing the Santo Mauro name was at one time the neoclassical French-style mansion and family home of the first Duke, and is now regarded as among the most exclusive hotels in the Spanish capital.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 28 Paris Polo Men's Polo Spain ESP 4

Men's Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 28 Paris Polo Spain ESP Round-Robin Match #9 1 1924-07-10 ESP 15, FRA 1
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