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Paddy gives money back on St Nicholas Abbey as injury ends career

by Sean Goff | July 23, 2013
St. Nicholas Abbey

END OF THE LINE:  St. Nicholas Abbey  ruled out of King George (pic: Inpho)

King George VI Stakes

With Wayne Rooney ‘resting his hamstring injury’ on one of London’s most exclusive golf clubs connections of St Nicholas Abbey were gutted when a genuine injury ruled the colt out of the King George VI Stakes on Saturday.

A winner of nine of his 21 starts, Aidan O’Brien’s colt was just shy of breaking through the £5m prize-money in the weekend feature.

Now no-one likes to see a champion’s career come to an end – even if you’re on Cirrus Des  Aigles at 3/1 – but it shouldn’t hit you in the pocket and Paddy is giving anyone who backed St Nicholas Abbey for the King George VI Stakes their money back.

The three-time Coronation Stakes winner at Epsom was Paddy’s 2/1 favourite for Saturday’s feature as news of his career-ending injury broke.

So if you’ve backed St Nicholas Abbey for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes expect your cash to be back in your account pronto or skip up to the counter with your (losing) winning docket sharpish.

With a life at stud beckoning for the multiple Group One winner the hard work on Saturday is left to French raider Cirrus Des Aigles – the highest rated racehorse on the planet since Frankel retired – who now heads Paddy’s market at 13/8 for the Group One 1m 4f test.

Jim Bolger’s Irish Derby winner Trading Leather is trading at 9/2 just behind German raider Novellist (4/1) who could be ridden by Johnny Murtagh if William Buick is needed by John Gosden at York.

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