Early on Tuesday morning at Ballydoyle, St. Nicholas Abbey suffered an injury that ended his racing career.
The saddening news will come as a shock to his owners John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor as well as to his trainer, Aidan O’ Brien, particularly considering just how excellently the horse had been performing over the last few months.
Only earlier this year, St. Nicholas triumphed at the Dubai Sheema Classic as well as winning the Coronation Cup for the third time – a feat which had never before been achieved so it’s clear that the sporting world has lost a great performer.
Over the course of his career he won close to £5 million and had earned the most amount of money out of all of the racehorses trained in Europe.
In a story published in The Irish Independent on Tuesday, it was stated that it is hoped that vets called to the scene will be able to save the six-year-old horse for a stud career in the future.