March 25, 2014
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.
"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.
Location: Meydan Racecourse - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Inaugural Race: 2000
Race type: Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Distance: 1,900 metres (1 3/16 miles or approx. 9.5 furlongs)
Track: Tapeta, left-handed
Qualification: 3-year-olds from the Northern & 4-year-olds from the Southern Hemisphere
Group 2 race
The UAE Derby is part of the 2nd leg of the Kentucky Derby Prep Races - Championship Series, where the first four finishers will receive the following points in their race for the roses: 1st - 100points, 2nd - 40points, 3rd - 20points, 4th - 10points.
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