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'Major setback' as St Nicholas Abbey fights for his life

The Aidan O’Brien-trained star needed emergency colic surgery following complications in his recovery overnight.

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ST NICHOLAS ABBEY is fighting for his life again today after suffering a ‘major setback’.

Coolmore’s multiple Group 1 winner was rushed in for an emergency operation at Fethard Equine Hospital, Tipperary, following complications overnight.

“Unfortunately St Nicholas Abbey had a major setback in his recovery during the night, suffering from a bad colic,” Coolmore said in an update issued shortly before 1pm.

“He underwent emergency colic surgery at Fethard Equine Hospital this morning and the prognosis is very guarded at the moment.”

The six-year-old was recovering in intensive care following surgery on the fractured pastern which cut short his career earlier this week.

The accident happened at Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard as he was being taken through final preparations for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot tomorrow.

Connections were cautiously optimistic that he would recover to have a career at stud but stressed yesterday that he still had “many bridges to cross” before he could be considered out of danger.

One of the stars of the Coolmore stable St Nicholas Abbey won six Group 1 titles, including a historic treble of Investec Coronation Cups, and netted over €4.2 million in prize money.

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