Toast could target G1 Epsom Derby

Thewayyouare colt Toast Of New York (3c Thewayyouare-Claire Soleil, by Syncline) is set to be added to the field for the 2014 G1 Derby following his brilliant victory in the G2 UAE Derby at Meydan on Saturday.

When interviewed on At The Races on Sunday, trainer Jamie Osborne stated that Michael Buckley’s colt will be added to the Epsom Classic (for which there is a second entry stage in early April) although a tilt at the American Triple Crown contests has not been completely ruled out.

“I’m going to see Michael today and we will discuss the future.” said Osborne. “It’s not impossible (he could go to America), all options are open to us. I will be supplementing him for the English Derby as well and we’ll keep all options open.

“Watching last night, it took Jamie (Spencer) until halfway down the back to pull him up. There’s plenty in his pedigree to suggest he will get a mile and a half and I’m a great believer that horses stay if they travel. I’m thinking a mile and a half, if he’s well in nine weeks’ time, it’s not impossible he will get it. There’s only one English Derby.”

Osborne expects Toast Of New York, who was bred in Kentucky by Frank and Jackie Ramos with Ashleigh Stud, to arrive back at his Lambourn stable early next week and he will assess the colt before making any long-term plans.

“I think what you have to bear in mind with this horse is that we’ve had to do quite a lot of work at an early stage in his life to get him into a position so that he could win last night. It remains to be seen how tired he will be when he gets home,” added Osborne.

“He flies back on Monday night, he will be back in Lambourn on Tuesday and I think a lot of the decisions are going to have to wait until we see what the whole trip has taken out of him.

“I think we might just be thinking longer term with him. If we look after him, I don’t think it’s impossible this horse could come back and compete in the G1 Dubai World Cup.

“Michael would love to have a horse to go round the world with, have a bit of fun and go chasing some money, and maybe he is that horse.”

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