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St Nicholas Abbey retired with injury‏

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Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Ryan Lasek


The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot will be run without the star attraction of St Nicholas Abbey on Saturday after the colt suffered a serious career ending injury during routine work in Ireland on Tuesday morning.

A six-year-old son of Montjeu, St Nicholas Abbey has been a regular visitor to the Ascot showpiece without claiming victory and had been entering this season's renewal as the favoured choice in the British betting markets.

A six-time Group One winner, St Nicholas Abbey had won at the highest level in every year other than his Classic season, during which he faced a lengthy lay off after finishing sixth in the English 2,000 Guineas as the even-money favourite.

A return to the racetrack as a four year old saw St Nicholas Abbey bounce back to his very best with a nine length success in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester. A subsequent victory over Midday in the Coronation Cup at Epsom would prove to be the first of three consecutive victories in a race that the Montjeu colt would make his own with considerable ease.

Victory in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf by St Nicholas Abbey provided Aidan & Joseph O' Brien with the first father-son partnership victory in the Championships history with the colt looking likely to return to the Breeders Cup for the third consecutive year for the 2013 event.

Second in the 2012 Dubai Sheema Classic, St Nicholas Abbey also bounced back to claim the 2013 renewal at Meydan in March when comfortably accounting for the Japan Cup winner, Gentildonna, under a masterful Joseph O' Brien ride.

A colt whom arguably advertised the riding expertees of Joseph O'Brien more often than any who had gone before or after, the partnership and admiration between rider and horse was one which regularly warmed the heart of many a racing fan. O' Brien partnered St Nicholas Abbey to four of his six Group One victories in a thirteen race association.

"St Nicholas Abbey suffered a serious career ending injury at Ballydoyle this morning, vets are currently attending to him," said an official Coolmore statement. "We hope to save him for a career at stud, a further update will be posted later."

A winner of nine races from twenty one lifetime starts, St Nicholas Abbey ends his racing career with his total career earnings just shy of £5 million. 


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Just heard about the emergency colic surgery. I hope beyond hope he is able to fight through all of this.
I will never understand how orthopedic procedures creat gastrointestinal side effects
Continued prayers for this fighter in his biggest race. Come on Nic, you can do this.
A setback for St Nicholas Abbey ... "Unfortunately St Nicholas Abbey had a major setback in his recovery during the night, suffering from a bad colic. He underwent emergency colic surgery at Fethard Equine Hospital this morning and the prognosis is very guarded at the moment." ~Coolmore
Very glad to hear that he made it through the surgery. Hopefully more good news to follow in days to come.
circulation via the nutrient artery is minimal to begin with in sesamoids...Tough to heal under that
Sounds like the news from the St Nicholas Abbey surgery is about as good as we could have hoped ... "St Nicholas Abbey will remain in intensive care for some time and has many bridges to cross before he is considered out of danger. This morning he is well and comfortable and back enjoying his hay! We are lucky he is so fit and has a marvellous attitude and temperament which will be vital for his long recovery." ~Coolmore
At least non displaced.
t_v, A "fractured pastern" is as specific as I have seen in the news reports.
what was the pathology?
Will keep St Nick in my thoughts and hope he will be well. Hopefully he'll have a long, happy life and a good stud career ahead of him *crosses fingers*
Latest news from Coolmore ... "St Nicholas Abbey has had a comfortable night at Fethard Equine Hospital. He undergoes surgery this morning & today will be critical for him."
Always competitive, I will miss seeing him on the track. Hoping he does well with surgery, and wishing him a long life.
in US dollars he has earned $7,617,682.12
I was reading on the Racing Post web-site where they said St Nicholas Abbey retires as the leading all-time money winner in Europe to date. I know he made $1 million for his 2nd place finish in the 2012 Sheema Classic and $3 million for his win in the 2013 Sheema Classic. Add to that the winners share of a Breeders Cup Turf, Racing Post Trophy, and 3 Coronation Cup's. Plus, place for two King George 3rd's, a Breeders Cup Turf 3rd, a Prix Foy 3rd, a Juddmonte International 3rd, an Irish Champion Stakes 3rd, a Mooresbridge Stakes 2nd, an Ormonde Stakes 1st, and a Beresford Stakes 1st and this horse is sitting on a pretty tidy bankroll I would imagine.
Nick needs everyones healing thoughts and prayers: Coolmore: St Nicholas Abbey is scheduled for surgery under a highly experienced surgical team tomorrow morning at Fethard Equine Hospital. The operation to stabilise and repair will be long and complicated - we will need a bit of luck, so fingers crossed for St Nicholas Abbey.
my favourite horse in training, he just has so much heart and was so consistent. I would have loved to see him on the firm, left handed going in the Japan Cup, I think he would have been unreal. My favourite pic of him - http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/11/06/sports/06breeders1/06breeders1-blog480.jpg - it doesnt get much more determined than that
Tremendous servant to connections over the years. His career ends as Europe's all-time leading money earner according to the Racing Post. St. Nic had looked as good in the Sheema Classic & Coronation Cup in 2013 as I'd ever seen him look in his career. I honestly thought 2013 was his year to finally win the King George. Here's hoping & praying he comes through his surgery okay on Wednesday morning so we might see a bunch of little St. Nic's on the racetrack someday!!
Wishing my best to St.Nic. This was his year to score a King George/QEII, or Arc. I hope they can save his stud career, because we need that Montjeu influence.
Latest from Coolmore: ‏@coolmorestud He is currently in a comfortable condition at Fethard Equine Hospital, where he is scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning.

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