St Nic continues recovery

A more upbeat bulletin on St Nicholas Abbey reports him to be in "great form" despite a host of problems besetting the six-year-old.

Last month Coolmore warned the three-time Coronation Cup hero faced a "critical" few weeks following the onset of laminitis in October as he attempted to recover from a fractured pastern suffered during the summer.

Aidan O'Brien's star 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 son of Montjeu 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, and then had a further serious blow with "mild laminitic changes in the left fore".

A statement on read: "St Nicholas Abbey remains in great form despite the ongoing complications of laminitis and is walking as good as can be expected.

"We would hope to see progress in the laminitic foot over the next few weeks (hoping that he continues to grow the hoof), if this happens rehabilitation of the fractured leg can then progress."