St Nicholas Abbey: continues to battle against a fractured pastern.PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
St Nicholas in great form as recovery continues
ST NICHOLAS ABBEY, who made history at Epsom in June when becoming the only horse to win three Coronation Cups, was reported to be in "great form" on Tuesday as the six-year-old continues to battle against a fractured pastern.
The six-time Group 1 winner suffered his injury while preparing for the King George in July and last month met with a significant setback when his left foot contracted laminitis - an inflammation of sensitive layers of tissue inside the hoof - a condition that was described as "life threatening" by his owners.
While he remains at risk from the disease, the latest bulletin issued by Coolmore is far more upbeat.
"St Nicholas Abbey remains in great form despite the ongoing complications of laminitis and he's walking as good as can be expected," Coolmore said in an update.
The statement added: "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."