Toast Of New York: won the UAE Derby by two and a half lengthsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Toast to skip Kentucky for possible Epsom tilt
IMPRESSIVE UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York has been added to the field for the Investec Derby at Epsom at the second entry stage with connections ruling out a trip to America for the Kentucky Derby.
The Jamie Osborne-trained two and a half-length Group 2 winner could make his next start in the Classic, to which he was added at a cost of £8,000, with connections at this stage preferring to skip a trial.
In the immediate aftermath of his Meydan success the Kentucky Derby was mentioned, but explaining the reasons for a change of heart Osborne said: "It is not something we have dismissed lightly, but we felt bringing him back from Dubai and then shipping him to another continent to race on an unknown surface [dirt] was too high a risk at this stage of his career."
Plans for Toast Of New York, who had two wins on the all-weather at Wolverhampton to his name before he burst his way into Classic consideration, are as yet undecided. Osborne revealed he made the Derby entry for the horse he describes as having "potentially a very big future" to keep his options open.
"We could supplement today for £8,000, or wait until June 2 and do it for £75,000. This does not mean the Derby will necessarily be his target, but we wanted to have the option. He is very well, has put back on all the weight he lost in the race and in transit and has started cantering again this week.
"If we are happy with him in May then it is possible we will look at the Derby and he could well go straight there but we are happy to let the horse tell us where we go at this stage. We will listen to him and find the right race when he is ready."
Toast Of New York is a general 25-1 shot for the Derby, which will be run on June 7.