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Ballydoyle Star Suffers Career-Ending Injury
Meanwhile, in a devastating blow for Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien, star 6YO entire St Nicholas Abbey (Montjeu-Leaping Water, by Sure Blade) has suffered a career-ending injury, reports thoroughbreddailynews.com. Causing a major reshuffle to markets for this weekend's £1 million Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, for connections it is a major blow with the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe less than three months away. St Nicholas Abbey retires with 9 wins (including 2013's Gr1 Coronation Stakes & Gr1 Sheema Classic in Dubai, 2012's Gr1 Coronation Cup over 2400m, 2011's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf Stakes, 2011's Gr1 Coronation Cup & 2009's Gr1 Racing Post Trophy) & 9 placings (including the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf, 2012's Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes, 2012's Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes, 2012's Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic & 2011's Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes) from 21 starts for £5,053,016 earnings. Scheduled to have surgery today, it is hoped that St Nicholas Abbey can be saved for stud. Below is his penultimate victory in the Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic.