Toast Of New York set for Derby double
Jamie Osborne is planning an audacious tilt at the UAE Derby and potentially the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Last Updated: 04/02/14 3:24pm
The three-year-old was beaten on his first two career starts at Leicester and Kempton, but has won by 12 and 16 lengths respectively on his last two visits to Dunstall Park.
Osborne's only previous Group One winner was 2003 Dewhurst Stakes hero Milk It Mick, and the trainer is hopeful his new star youngster can go and prove his worth at the highest level in Dubai and America.
"He's as good a horse as I've had for a long time and he's probably going to be the first horse to go from Wolverhampton to Meydan to Churchill Downs," Osborne told At The Races.
"We're trying to get him ready for the UAE Derby. I hope he's going to get in and it's a phenomenal pot. He's performed very well on an artificial surface and nine furlongs round there (Meydan) - I think he's made for it.
"We'll see how good he is, but I was lucky to have one Group One winner and I haven't had a horse since then that you could even consider getting ambitious with.
"I think I can get ambitious with this horse. He's pretty good.
"All being well he'll fly out (to Dubai), run off the plane and then come back.
"He has a fair bit of dirt in his pedigree. The American thing is a big dream and at this stage, who knows?
"We put him in (the Kentucky Derby) as it was a relatively cheap entry at that stage and it gets very expensive later on. That's a bit of a pipedream, but certainly I think the UAE Derby isn't a pipedream. It's a realistic target with him."