Toast Of New York: Against the Odds

Toast Of New York

By Niamh Townsend

In March 2015 the news broke that Toast Of New York, the runner up in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic, was to be retired to stand at stud in Qatar after an injury blow ruined his connections’ hopes of adding the Dubai World Cup to their trophy cabinet. Who could’ve thought that two years later he would be brought back into training with Jamie Osborne in Lambourn and less than one year after that he would be lining up in the second running of the world’s richest race: the Pegasus World Cup.

It seemed that the synthetic surfaces of the UK’s all-weather racecourses and the international dirt tracks of both Meydan and the USA would bring out the best in this son of Thewwayyouare from an early age when he was easily beaten on his first run on turf before being switched to the all-weather and making a big splash at the end of his two year old season.

The admirably tough ‘Toast’ spent the remainder of the first act of his career racing on the international stage with an impressive win in the UAE Derby at Meydan in March. Back when the last football World Cup was held was when Toast Of New York was campaigned in the USA with three starts over the remainder of the year. An excusable poor run in the Belmont Derby could be forgiven as he returned to form a month later with an excellent run behind the brilliant Shared Belief in the Pacific Classic. Up next came what would turn out to be Toast’s last run of the first half of his career and his finest moment when he finished a short head second to Bayern in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, beating California Chrome and Shared Belief in the process. The day after the race, trainer Jamie Osborne explained how Toast Of New York had ‘the potential to be one of the highest-earning horses in the world’. You could imagine how disappointing it was when a soft tissue injury forced Toast Of New York into an early retirement.

But as luck would have it Jamie Osborne would get a second chance to train the horse who has really defined his career and no less than 1,331 days after his herculean effort at the Breeders’ Cup Toast returned to winning ways in a conditions event at Lingfield where he was partnered for the first time by Frankie Dettori. This meant that Toast Of New York and the team behind his success could set their sight higher – sky high to be exact as they looked to chase down the richest prize in the racing world.

If ever there was an underdog story this is it, and the difficulty of the task ahead of Toast Of New York must not be underestimated as the insanely talented Gun Runner looks to add one final success to his career before retirement, not to mention the fact that the Lambourn-trained globetrotter is now a seven year old. Only a mammoth effort will propel Toast Of New Yorks into the history books next Saturday, but this horse is all heart and if anhas really defined his career and no less than 1,331 days after his herculean effort at the Breeders’ Cup Toast returned to winning ways in a conditions event at Lingfield where he was partnered for the first time by Frankie Dettori. This meant that Toast Of New York and the team behind his success could set their sight higher – sky high to be exact as they looked to chase down the richest prize in the racing world.

Long may his remarkable story continue and whatever happens at Gulfstream Park next week there will be a whole hoard of fans cheering on Toast Of New York at home. If he and Jamie Osbourne can pull off a victory then surely it will be up there with the best comebacks the racing world has ever seen.

Best of luck Toast Of New York!

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