08/13/2016 2:52PM

The Gurkha has surgery for unspecified injury


The Gurkha, one of Europe’s leading 3-year-olds, has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury, his owners announced on Twitter on Saturday.

The Gurkha underwent surgery at a clinic in Fethard, Ireland, on Friday and has returned to trainer Aidan O’Brien’s nearby training center. The announcement was made on the Twitter feed of Coolmore, the powerful Irish stallion farm whose main investors – Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier – own The Gurkha.

“He was referred to Fethard Equine Hospital and underwent surgery last night,” Coolmore announced on Twitter on Saturday. “He was discharged this morning and is back in his box. Future plans will be announced at a later date.”

By Galileo, The Gurkha has won 3 of 6 starts. He won the Group 1 French 2000 Guineas in May and the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in England on July 27. In between those starts, The Gurkha was second in the Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes against 3-year-olds at Royal Ascot in June and second against older horses in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park in England on July 2.

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