Runaway UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York has been supplemented for the Investec Derby at a cost of �8,000 with a potential run in the Kentucky Derby having been ruled out.
The American-bred three-year-old was taking a huge step up in class at Meydan following a couple of admittedly impressive victories at Wolverhampton, but he justified trainer Jamie Osborne’s faith with a scintillating display.
Having won on the Wolverhampton Polytrack and the Tapeta in Dubai, a switch to dirt for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3 was a possibility, but connections have decided to keep the exciting colt at home for the time being and a trip to Epsom in June is now under serious consideration.
Osborne said: “The Kentucky Derby is definitely out and this morning we have supplemented him for the Derby at Epsom.
“There is nothing wrong with the horse, we are very satisfied with how he came back from Dubai. We just felt piling him on a plane again so soon to take him to another continent and tackle another different surface would be a lot to ask.
“To put him in the Epsom Derby at this stage costs �8,000 and to add him at the next stage would be �75,000. It is by no means a certain plan he will run there, but it makes sense to keep our options open.”
If Toast Of New York is to line up at Epsom on June 7, it seems unlikely he will make a racecourse appearance between now and then.
His trainer said: “Fitness-wise he doesn’t need a prep run. Experience-wise it could be a help, but a race like the Dante Stakes (at York) is only three weeks before Epsom and could you leave your Derby at the Dante?
“If he does go to Epsom I’m pretty sure he’ll go straight there.”
The one race that is firmly on the youngster’s agenda is the 2015 Dubai World Cup.
“We hope he is a horse with a great future and longer term his aim has to be next year’s Dubai World Cup,” said Osborne.
“I think that can be carved in stone and it is just a case of thinking about what route we take between now and next March.”Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines