St Nick “comfortable” after coming through surgery

St Nicholas Abbey has come through lengthy surgery and is recuperating in intensive care at John Halley’s Fethard Equine Hospital.

The six-year-old has suffered a career-ending injury on the gallops on Tuesday morning, and although still not considered out of danger he is said to be comfortable and well.

Coolmore Stud tweeted this morning: “After a lengthy surgery to fuse the pastern St Nicholas Abbey is recuperating in intensive care at John Halley’s Fethard Equine Hospital

“Surgery was carried out at Fethard Equine Hospital in consultation with Dr Dean Richardson, Head of Surgery at New Bolton Centre Pennsylvania, along with Ger Kelly and Tom O’Brien

“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.”

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the six-year-old had won both his starts this year, landing the Dubai Sheema Classic on World Cup Night at Meydan and the Coronation Cup on Derby day.

He had won nine of his 21 starts – including 7 in Group 1 company – and amassed nearly £5 million in prize money.

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