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Toast Of New York tackles top opposition in UAE Derby

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 11:32 | Comments

Meydan hosts the richest card in the international calendar on Saturday
Meydan hosts the richest card in the international calendar on Saturday

Toast Of New York is the wildcard in the UAE Derby at Meydan on Saturday, according to trainer Jamie Osborne.

A 16-length winner of a novice event at Wolverhampton on his final juvenile start, the Michael Buckley-owned colt has wowed work-watchers in Lambourn and arrives in the emirate with quiet confidence.

Osborne said: "After winning his maiden at Wolverhampton there was the issue of whether we targeted the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Ascot or went for a novice.

"We did the latter and he won it by 16 lengths - it was a complete mismatch.

"When he came out of that with a mark of 78 I broke every rule in refusing to be tempted to go down the handicap route.

"This was the first really good horse I'd had in a while and I thought he might be sufficiently decent to come out for a race like the UAE Derby.

"In this race, with a three-year-old that lacks experience it's harder than with an older horse, but I wouldn't be out here unless I thought he could be competitive.

"This morning was his first experience of cantering on the Tapeta surface and I thought he moved beautifully on it.

"For me, he won in spite of the surface riding slow at Wolverhampton, and he wants the faster surface he'll get on Saturday.

"Michael is always game to have a go at things, and though primarily a jumping man I felt he would love the trip out here, and this is a very obvious route.

"Three of his four career starts have been on an artificial surface and he's had a nice, steady preparation."

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