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St Nicholas Abbey to have life-saving surgery

ESPN staff
July 23, 2013

Three-time Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey is to have life-saving surgery after suffering a career-ending leg fracture during a gallop at Ballydoyle, the Tipperary base of champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Owners Coolmore have released a statement saying the horse is in a "comfortable condition" in the nearby Fethard Equine Hospital and they are hoping he can recover to go on and have a breeding career as a stallion at stud.

St Nicholas Abbey, who had been favourite for Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, won six Group One races and earned close to £5m in career prize money. In total, he won nine of his 21 races.

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