A World Cup now on the cards for Toast
The Jamie Osborne-trained Toast Of New York, bought by Al Shaqab after the defeat to Bayern, returend to action at Lingfield yesterday with a pleasing win.
Despite significant market weakness, the 2-1 shot in a four-runner conditions race, Frankie Dettori’s mount kept finding up the straight to fend off favourite Petite Jack by a length.
It might not have been the most authoritative return to action, given the significant class edge over his rivals on previous form, but Dettori has no doubts his mount has a great of improvement in him.
Dettori said: “I was very pleased with the way Toast Of New York used both legs. Jamie’s done a great job to get him into this shape first time out and he still feels heavy and rusty. I can’t emphasise how brilliant everyone has been to get him back. He’s only a 70 per cent horse at the moment but still won.
“It was a step forward and I think we can improve him a lot. After three years out it was a great effort.”
All roads are now likely to head to a World Cup although which one – Pegasus or Dubai – remains to be seen.