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St Nicholas Abbey has suffered another setback in his recovery from a broken pastern.

The triple Coronation Cup winner has developed mild laminitis in his left fore. This is the same leg which underwent surgery in July.

The 6-year-old suffered the career-ending injury (23 July) during a routine gallop at Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle base.

He was immediately operated on and his leg was reconstructed using 20 screws and 2 bone plates.

2 days after the initial surgery, he suffered a serious bout of colic and had to be operated on.  A month later he suffered another major complication when one of the pins supporting his legs broke.

This latest setback could again be “life-threatening” if the condition worsens.

A statement on Coolmore’s website said: “This is disappointing as he is now weight bearing and walking well on the operated (fractured) leg, which has healed amazingly well to date.

“Although laminitis could be a life threatening complication, we are hoping the condition will stabilise.

“Obviously the next weeks are critical in his recovery, but St Nicholas Abbey remains comfortable with a good appetite and incredible attitude.”

St Nicholas Abbey is the only horse to win the Coronation Cup 3 times and his connections are hoping that he will recover from the injury to have a career at stud.