The Gurkha (centre): dual Group 1 winner’s career is in jeopardy
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tony O’Hehir 8:02PM 14 AUG 2016
THE racing career of Classic winner The Gurkha is in jeopardy with the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt recovering from surgery for a displaced colon.
The son of Galileo, who followed his victory in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Deauville in May by finishing runner-up in the St James’s Palace Stakes and Eclipse, and who last time out won an enthralling battle for the Sussex Stakes, is convalescing in the Fethard Equine Hospital in County Tipperary.
It is not thought to be a life-threatening illness, but whether the colt is able to race again remains to be seen.
Richard Henry, spokesman for Coolmore, said on Sunday: “The Gurkha underwent surgery on Friday for a displaced colon. The surgery went well and he is recovering. We will see how he progresses before anything is decided about his future.”
The colon surgery rules the dual Group 1 winner – who underwent colic surgery last year – out for the rest of the season.
The three-year-old, whose big autumn options would have included the Irish Champion Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Champion Stakes, has won three of his six starts, for earnings of £996,217.