AIDAN O’Brien’s four-year, The Gurkha, who won the recent Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, underwent surgery on Friday with all future plans understandably placed on hold.

His owners Coolmore Stud announced that the French Guineas hero had suffered an injury.

Coolmore said in a three-part tweet: “Classic-winning miler The Gurkha, last seen winning the Sussex (Stakes at Goodwood), has met with a further setback.

“He was referred to Fethard Equine Hospital and underwent surgery last night.

“He was discharged this [Saturday] morning and is back in his box. Future plans will be announced at a later date.”

The Classic-winning colt has returned to his home at Ballydoyle, while connections assess his progress.

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