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No Derby For Toast Of New York

Friday, 30th May 2014

Toast Of New York is set to embark on another overseas challenge after trainer Jamie Osborne and owner Michael Buckley decided against starting him in next week's Investec Derby, reports attheraces.com. The talented son of Windsor Park shuttler Thewayyouare (Kingmambo) was supplemented for the Epsom Classic last month following his UAE Derby victory at Meydan in March but the recent spell of wet weather has forced a change of plan. Osborne now has his sights set on the Belmont Derby Invitational at Belmont Park in New York on 5 July as he believes the Gr1 event represents a much better opportunity for Toast Of New York. He said: "There was always a bit of a doubt at the back of our minds about him getting a mile and a half at this stage of his career and we felt his best chance of staying was if the ground was quite quick. However, that looks highly unlikely now." He added, ""There is a race at Belmont over a mile and a quarter on the turf that is worth 1.25 million dollars and we don't really want to waste a run in a race where we would be a 25-1 outsider. We want to point at targets which he has a real chance of winning. To have a runner in the Derby would be a dream, but we don't want to just have runners, we want to have winners in the big races." Osborne has always held Toast Of New York in the highest regard, and believes he can have a long and distinguished international career if he is managed with care. "If we look after him and campaign him sensibly, there's no reason why he couldn't turn into a top-class globe-trotting runner next year," he said. "He could potentially be one of the top international money-earners if we look after him. Horses like him don't come along often."

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