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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.

Camelot and jockey Joseph O'Brien in the winner's enclosure after last year's Derby

Camelot retired with potential unfulfilled

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.

The William Haggas-trained Graphic, ridden by Ryan Moore, wins the mile handicap at York

Great White hope set to soar for O’Brien

Unbeaten juvenile heads into the Middle Park Stakes as the favourite to go on and become a Derby winner

Thierry Jarnet raises his arm in triumph as Treve wins the Arc

Treve lands Arc in family tradition

Unbeaten filly surges clear of high-class field to give trainer second win and frustrate Japan

Nichols Canyon, ridden by William Buick, was a ready winner of the Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot

Treve can take measure of Arc all-comers

Unbeaten filly set to repel international challenge after classic French preparation

Frankie Dettori pats the Prix Vermeille winner Treve in celebration

Dettori leaps back into big time as Treve breezes to Vermeille win

Unbeaten filly favourite for Arc but Japanese pair stake strong claims in Longchamp trials

Leading the home: Leading Light, ridden by Joseph O’Brien for his father, Aidan, keeps the field comfortably at bay as he wins the St Leger at Doncaster

Leading Light sets shining example

Jockey O’Brien rides the perfect race to bring his father a fourth St Leger triumph – a year late

Kingsbarns makes a belated return to action in Ireland today

Softened ground may blunt Lethal edge

Top sprinter could make heavy weather of Haydock event after stablemate is ruled out

Newcastle’s Sylvain Marveaux, left, and Bobby Grant of Blackpool, right

Newcastle United struggle to find credit from ‘Wonga derby’ against Blackpool

Friendly victory over Blackpool cannot divert bad publicity caused by controversial shirt deal

Convincing tale: Novellist adds another chapter to his burgeoning story with a handsome five-length victory under Johnny Murtagh in the King George at Ascot

Novellist delivers brilliant sequel

Third-choice jockey Johnny Murtagh targets literary double in Arc, having already won it on Dylan Thomas

Mahmood al-Zarooni has been banned for eight years

Godolphin will face no further doping charges

Report finds Mahmood al-Zarooni's assistant Charlie Appleby was unaware of what was going on

St Nicholas Abbey’s career is over after he fractured a pastern

St Nicholas Abbey bows out with life in jeopardy

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.

Cirrus Des Aigles could gain an edge if Ascot's showpiece is run on soft ground Saturday

Storms will be a King George fillip for Cirrus

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.

Flying finish: Peniaphobia, No 7, reels in the favourite, Lilbourne Lass, as he speeds towards an impressive victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury

Fearless Peniaphobia in the money

Fahey’s fine two-year-old produces perfect performance to signal potential for Group One success

Ryan Moore guided Telescope to a convincing victory at Leicester

Telescope refocused by Stoute to challenge for the top prizes

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.

Fabre takes unorthodox route to Arc with Intello

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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