St Nicholas Abbey: Ballydoyle star succumbs to colic

St Nicholas Abbey has died of colic
St Nicholas Abbey has died of colic

Former Breeders' Cup Turf winner St Nicholas Abbey has died following a bout of colic...

"St Nicholas Abbey won six Group 1s in his career, taking a Racing Post Trophy and a Dubai Sheema Classic as well as his Breeder's Cup Turf and three Coronation Cups."

Winner of the last three Coronation Cups at Epsom, St Nicholas Abbey had been retired on the eve of the King George last summer when suffering a broken leg.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Coolmore Stud reported: "Regretfully St Nicholas Abbey has lost his brave battle after suffering a colic this morning. Surgery revealed a severe strangulating colon torsion that was unviable and he had to be euthanized on humane grounds."

"This is extremely unfortunate as St Nicholas Abbey had been in terrific form, the laminitis was resolving very well and the fracture had healed better than expected."

"Coolmore would like to thank the surgeons, the international experts and all the staff at Fethard Equine Hospital who gave him such excellent care 24/7. We would also like to thank the multitude of well-wishers for all the cards and messages of support for St Nicholas Abbey. He will be buried in the graveyard here at Coolmore."

St Nicholas Abbey won six Group 1s in his career, taking a Racing Post Trophy and a Dubai Sheema Classic as well as his Breeder's Cup Turf and three Coronation Cups. He was rated 128 by Timeform and was one of the most consistent and genuine horses to come from even the Ballydoyle yard so synonymous with gallant middle-distance performers.


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