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How Vets Saved St Nicholas Abbey
Veterinary surgeons at Fethard Equine Hospital in County Tipperary, Ireland, have revealed how they saved St Nicholas Abbey (Montjeu-Leaping Water, by Sure Blade) following the career-ending injury he sustained last month, reports racingpost.com. The 6-time Gr1 winner had a total of 20 screws and two bone plates inserted to reconstruct his front right leg, after he fractured his pastern and fetlock bones when breaking down during track work at Ballydoyle. One of the steel pins was inserted through the lower end of the cannonbone which was designed to allow him to stand on the leg to prevent further life-threatening complications, like laminitis. Laminitis is the condition which famously claimed the life of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. However, St Nicholas Abbey is reportedly now able to stand and is even eating grass. Dr Tom O'Brien commented, "We are very pleased with his progress so far. He's a very, very tough horse."