Mango Tango spoils a winning Toast in tight Lingfield finish
Toast Of New York famously had victory snatched from him in a tight three-way finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and he endured a similar outcome when he finished a close third on his return to Britain at Lingfield on Wednesday.
A nose runner-up to Bayern in the 2014 Classic, the Jamie Osborne-trained seven-year-old was given a clever front-running ride by Adam Kirby but could not hold off Mango Tango in the 1m2f conditions event, with Scarlet Dragon second.
It was Toast Of New York's first run in Britain since he won this event a year ago.
Jockey Adam Kirby said: "My gut feeling is he's only a month back from America and maybe it took more out of him than we expected. They are horses after all and on the positive side he moved well and his wind was clear.
"He was very good in the prelims; he stopped a couple of times but that's him. We knew there was never going to be a gallop so decided to make it and he went round with his ears pricked."
Archie Watson, who trained winner Mango Tango, is plotting an all-weather campaign for his mare after a good display on her stable debut since moving from Qatar.
He said: “Credit for getting this mare goes to Tom Biggs and she's for new owners in the yard.
“She’s a quality mare who was second in the Group 2 Prix de Pomone in France over a mile and a half before she went to Qatar, where she was winning over a mile.
“I think this ten furlongs suits her and the plan is to qualify her for finals day on Good Friday, either with three qualifying runs if needs be or by winning a fast-track qualifier."
He added: “It would be nice to win a Group 2 but races like the Quebec, Winter Derby Trial, Winter Derby and then the All-Weather Finals are all possibles.”
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