The ‘next few weeks are criticial’ for St Nicholas Abbey as the multiple Group 1 winner continues his fight to fully recover from a fractured pastern originally suffered during the summer and complications that ensued.
The latest update from Coolmore, issued on Thursday, read: “St Nicholas Abbey is struggling to overcome the laminitis in his left front foot, this is indeed life threatening and is the single biggest complication he has faced since his initial lifesaving surgery.
“The worry is that if the condition progresses and further sinking of the pedal bone takes place it may prolapse through the sole of his foot.
“In spite of this St Nicholas Abbey is very comfortable, being just a little ouchy when walking in his first steps and better thereafter, his appetite and demeanour remain incredibly good.”
Meanwhile the Rock Of Cashel Hurdle was the focus of most people’s attention at Thurles on Thursday due to the Irish debut of the French star Rubi Ball, but his colours were lowered by the locally-trained Foildubh in a thrilling finish.
Trained by John Ryan and ridden by Paul Carberry, the nine-year-old battled gamely to see off his talented rival by a head. The most valuable race on the card was the Glen Chase and it saw the Jimmy Mangan-trained Letter Of Credit get the better of the odds-on favourite Make A Track by ½-length under Philip Enright.