The six-times Group One winner fractured a leg on the gallops at Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stables on Tuesday morning. He underwent an operation on Wednesday, but still has “many bridges to cross before he is considered out of danger”, according to Coolmore Stud, who represent the colt’s owners.
They tweeted: “After a lengthy surgery to fuse the pastern St Nicholas Abbey is recuperating in intensive care at John Halley’s Fethard Equine Hospital.
“Surgery was carried out at Fethard Equine Hospital in consultation with Dr Dean Richardson, head of surgery at New Bolton Centre Pennsylvania, along with Ger Kelly and Tom O’Brien
“St Nicholas Abbey will remain in intensive care for some time and has many bridges to cross before he is considered out of danger.
“This morning he is well and comfortable and back enjoying his hay. He has a marvellous attitude and temperament which will be vital for his long recovery.”