St Nicholas Abbey, the Classic flop who became the winner of six Group One races and the highest-earning runner in the history of Ballydoyle, lost his battle with chronic health problems when he had to be put down after an attack of colic.
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Monday 14 October 2013
The career of the last Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky, ended in anticlimax with defeats in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Champion Stakes for the previously unbeaten three-year-old in the autumn of 1970. The colt who has come closest to emulating him in the intervening years, Camelot, winner of the 2,000 Guineas and Derby in 2012 before being beaten three-quarters of a length in a St Leger which seemed his for the taking, has today been retired days short of a possible appearance in the Champion Stakes. It comes after a largely barren post-Classic campaign which included a lacklustre run in last year’s Arc and only a minor win at the Curragh in the spring before successive defeats behind Al Kazeem in the summer.
Saturday 12 October 2013
Unbeaten juvenile heads into the Middle Park Stakes as the favourite to go on and become a Derby winner
Sunday 06 October 2013
Unbeaten filly surges clear of high-class field to give trainer second win and frustrate Japan
Saturday 05 October 2013
Unbeaten filly set to repel international challenge after classic French preparation
Monday 16 September 2013
Unbeaten filly favourite for Arc but Japanese pair stake strong claims in Longchamp trials
Saturday 14 September 2013
Jockey O’Brien rides the perfect race to bring his father a fourth St Leger triumph – a year late
Saturday 07 September 2013
Top sprinter could make heavy weather of Haydock event after stablemate is ruled out
Monday 29 July 2013
Friendly victory over Blackpool cannot divert bad publicity caused by controversial shirt deal
Sunday 28 July 2013
Third-choice jockey Johnny Murtagh targets literary double in Arc, having already won it on Dylan Thomas
Thursday 25 July 2013
Report finds Mahmood al-Zarooni's assistant Charlie Appleby was unaware of what was going on
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Racing was given a real jolt yesterday when Ballydoyle announced the bad news that St Nicholas Abbey, one of the best horses in the world, had suffered an injury so serious that it has not only resulted in his immediate retirement from the track, it has also put his life in jeopardy.
Monday 22 July 2013
It was a King George who described an English summer as “three fine days and a thunderstorm”, so it seems somewhat appropriate that this hot spell is about to give way to heavy rain as Ascot prepares to stage the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday.
Sunday 21 July 2013
Fahey’s fine two-year-old produces perfect performance to signal potential for Group One success
Friday 19 July 2013
Patience with horses, as Sir Michael Stoute knows, is not so much a virtue as a necessity. And one of his charges, Telescope, who missed the Derby after a disappointing training gallop, is now back in the reckoning for top contests later in the year after a thoroughly satisfactory comeback in a minor contest at Leicester.
Monday 08 July 2013
The gauntlet laid down by the maturing Al Kazeem at Sandown the previous day was promptly picked up yesterday by the younger colt who may yet lead the home defence in Paris this autumn. But the fact that Intello was dropped in trip, as well as grade, for a Group Three race at Maisons-Laffitte appeared to compound reservations about the suitability of the stamina test presented by the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
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