Trainer Jamie Osborne has made no secret of the regard in which he holds Toast Of New York (3c Thewayyouare-Claire Soleil, by Syncline) but it was the horse that did the talking in Dubai on Saturday when storming away with the G2 UAE Derby.
The son of Thewayyouare had won his previous two starts at Wolverhampton by 16 lengths and 11 lengths, earning plaudits at home and he showed his talents on a world stage as he saw off rivals trained in six different countries to score by two and a half lengths under Jamie Spencer.
“What I knew beforehand was that this was probably the best horse I’ve ever trained, but having said that I have trained an awful lot of moderate horses. I don’t have many horses so it was hard to know just how good he was,” said Osborne.
“We went back to Wolverhampton to win his novice race by 16 lengths and blew his handicap mark but the only reason we did that was to get his rating up so he could come here and get into the race today. We hatched this plan and luckily it came off.
“He’s been sent along to us by chance and is just a freak, he’s not actually three yet until next week, It’s wonderful and very important to us. Seeing him win like that was pretty choking and I’m trying to fight back the tears. There are several routes we could go down and while he has been left in the Triple Crown races in America I’m not really sure about the dirt for him. I’m pretty speechless really. He does seem to be something special.”
Jockey Jamie Spencer was completing a double and he was full of praise for his mount, adding: “He’s always been a good horse. He was in control and relaxed all the way and I knew from the five-pole that unless something pretty drastic happened I was going to win.
“This horse has been doing a lot of good things, both on and off the track, and he couldn’t have done it much easier. One time when he went to Kempton for a gallop and I was unable to ride him, George Baker took over and told me that this was as good a horse as he had sat on for a very long time.”
Toast Of New York was bred in Kentucky jointly by Frank and Jackie Ramos and Ashleigh Stud. He was sold for $35,000 to Timmy Hyde at the 2012 Keeneland January Sale before being sold privately at Goffs later that year.
Thewayyouare is on a real roll at present and earlier on Saturday in New Zealand, the two-year-old Prince Mambo (2c Thewayyouare-Grace Park, by Danske) finished runner-up in G1 company at Awapuni.