Fresh setback for St Nic
Last Updated: 23/10/13 7:15pm
St Nicholas Abbey: Fresh setback
St Nicholas Abbey has suffered a setback involving "mild laminitic changes in the left fore" in his fight to recover from a fractured pastern.
Aidan O'Brien's six-times Group One winner had to be retired after suffering the leg injury on the gallops at Ballydoyle when being prepared for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Just two days after he underwent a major leg operation at Fethard Equine Hospital in July, the six-year-old had to have emergency surgery to be treated for colic. He had a further setback in August when it was discovered a steel weight-bearing pin in a cannon bone had broken.
Reports over the last few weeks had been positive, but Coolmore tweeted a statement on Wednesday evening which read: "St Nicholas Abbey has suffered a setback over the last 24 hours having developed mild laminitic changes in the left fore.
"This is disappointing as he is now weight bearing and walking well on the operated (fractured) leg which has healed amazingly well to date.
"Although laminitis could be a life threatening complication we are hoping the condition will stabilise.
"Obviously the next weeks are critical in his recovery but St Nicholas Abbey remains comfortable with a good appetite and incredible attitude."