Toast of New York. How did this Colt go from the glitz and glam of winning the UAE Derby and being beaten by a nose by Bayern in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic to a first runout in three years on a Wednesday at Lingfield? A story in horse racing which you can’t help but feel a sense of astonishment over.
As a two-year-old he was beaten in his first two races but then won two races on the synthetic track at Wolverhampton Racecourse by an aggregate margin of twenty-eight lengths. Having shown the true potential this horse possessed, as a three-year-old he truly excelled.
Being sent over the the UAE to contest in the UAE Derby, over nine and a half furlongs at Meydan Racecourse, he started at odds of 11/1. After tracking the leaders for most of the way, Toast of New York took the lead two furlongs out and won by two and a half lengths.
This is when the world truly started to take notice. The Summer of 2014 saw Toast of New York being sent to the Del Mar to make his debut at the track in the Grade I Pacific Classic. Going off as third favourite, he tracked the leaders and found himself in second place just behind Game on Dude. Going into the final turn he moved up to challenge the leader but was overtaken by Shared Belief, finishing second.
As a four-year-old and in early 2015, Toast of New York was purchased by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing. Preparing for the 2015 Dubai World Cup, Toast of New York sustained a soft tissue injury and was subsequently withdrawn from the race. A sad affair which saw him forced into retiring to stand at stud in Qatar from 2016.
Returning to England in early 2017, he was assessed for a return to racing due to only being able to cover a minor number of mares at stud due to the small nature of Qatar’s breeding industry. After veterinary staff approvement of his ability to be able to race again, he was subsequently transferred to Jamie Osborne's stable. From November, Toast of New York was ready to race again!
As big as Paul Scholes’ return to Manchester United after announcing his retirement (maybe not quite), Toast of New York was ready to be entered into a minor race at Lingfield in early December! He made his comeback in the ten-furlong Betway Conditions Stakes at Lingfield on 6 December, ridden by Racing Breaks ambassador Frankie Dettori, and won by a length at odds of 2-1 from the favourite, Petite Jack.
After the race, Dettori was quoted in saying "Jamie has done a great job to get him in this shape first time out. He still feels a little rusty, but after three years off I can't emphasise enough how brilliant everyone has been to get him back. He's only 70% at the moment, but he still won. That's a step forward and should improve him a lot.” This is certainly going to be an exciting horse to follow in the coming future. Good luck Toast of New York.