St. Nicholas Abbey

Champion Jockey O’Brien Officially Retires From The Saddle

Irish champion jockey Joseph O’Brien has officially retired from riding in order to concentrate fully on his training career. The news had been widely-speculated for quite some time. At the end of 2015, O’Brien began training a large string of jump horses for JP McManus, and has been based out of the same yard in […]

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Enjoying It While He Can: O’Brien Realizes Riding Career May Be Brief

Although he has only been riding professionally for four years, Joseph O’Brien has had a very successful career in the saddle. The talented jockey has already notched six classic wins, in addition to winning the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) and the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf. O’Brien has also been Ireland’s champion jockey the past two […]

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2014 Investec Coronation Cup to Commemorate St Nicholas Abbey

The 2014 Investec Coronation Cup will be run in commemoration of the most successful horse in the history of the race since first run in 1902, the late St Nicholas Abbey. St Nicholas Abbey won the Group 1 Investec Coronation Cup an unprecedented three times from 2011 to 2013, ridden twice by Joseph O’Brien and […]

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Farewell to a Champion: St Nicholas Abbey Succumbs to Colic

Coolmore Stud issued the following statement Tuesday morning: Regretfully St Nicholas Abbey has lost his brave battle after suffering a colic this morning. Surgery revealed a severe strangulating colon torsion that was unviable and he had to be euthanized on humane grounds. This is extremely unfortunate as St Nicholas Abbey had been in terrific form, […]

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Coolmore Issues Positive Update on St Nicholas Abbey

Coolmore Stud issued a brief, but positive update on champion St Nicholas Abbey, who contracted laminitis in his left front hoof. The multiple Grade/Group 1 winner suffered a broken pastern in his right front leg in July. Coolmore and Fethard Equine Hospital also released a short video showing St Nic’s progress. Statement from Coolmore: St […]

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Laminitis Setback for St Nicholas Abbey Called ‘Life Threatening’

St Nicholas Abbey, the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner and multiple Group 1 winner in Europe and Dubai, is “struggling to overcome the laminitis in his left front foot,” which Ireland’s Coolmore Stud said is “life threatening.” The 6-year-old son of Montjeu, owned by associates of Coolmore and trained by Aidan O’Brien, suffered a career-ending […]

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St Nicholas Abbey Suffers Setback

Coolmore Stud issued the following statement on their website Oct. 23: 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 […]

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St Nicholas Abbey: Surgeons ‘Couldn’t be Happier’ With Champion’s Progress

Coolmore Stud issued an update on St Nicholas Abbey on Sept. 4, and while the multiple Group 1 winner still has a long road ahead of him, he continues to make good progress in his recovery. The 6-year-old son of Montjeu had initially suffered a fractured right pastern in a routine piece of work at […]

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Video: Dr. Tom O’Brien Discusses St Nicholas Abbey’s Road to Recovery

Breeders’ Cup Turf champion St Nicholas Abbey continues to progress well in his recovery from fracturing his pastern. On Sept. 9, Coolmore Stud released a video update of the six-time Group/Grade 1 winner as he recovers at Fethard Equine Hospital. Dr. Tom O’Brien, one of the surgeons that worked on the colt’s leg, discusses the […]

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St Nicholas Abbey ‘Starting to Thrive’ as Recovery Continues

Coolmore Stud issued an update on St Nicholas Abbey on Sept. 4, and while the multiple Group 1 winner still has a long road ahead of him, he continues to make good progress in his recovery. The 6-year-old son of Montjeu had initially suffered a fractured right pastern in a routine piece of work at […]

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