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Serious Colic Puts St Nicholas Abbey On Knife-Edge

Monday, 29th July 2013

Six-time Gr1-winning galloper St Nicholas Abbey (Montjeu-Leaping Water, by Sure Blade) is reportedly on the mend after suffering a bout of colic while recovering from surgery, reports racingpost.com. The 6YO suffered a career-ending injury when breaking a pastern last Tuesday at Ballydoyle. The Ballydoyle team released a statement which read in part, "St Nicholas Abbey has made positive progress and is in good form today following yesterday's colic surgery. The colic was caused by caecal shutdown [equivalent to the human appendix], which is an extremely painful condition... Dr Nathan Slovis, a medicine specialist from the Hagyard Institute in Kentucky, arrived today to oversee his ongoing recovery and treatments. All surgeons are pleased with the progress he is making with his pastern reconstruction, and he is taking weight on the leg well." St Nicholas Abbey retired with a top-class galloper's record of 9 wins & 9 placings from 21 starts for £5,053,016 earnings. He won 6 Gr1s, including the Coronation Cup at Epsom (three times) & Breeders' Cup Turf, across three countries - England, the US & Dubai.

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