Toast Of New York Makes Successful Return To Racing With Win At Lingfield

by | 12.06.2017 | 8:50am
Frankie Dettori is all smiles after Toast Of New York won his return race at Lingfield Park

Toast Of New York made a triumphant return to action in the Betway Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

Jamie Osborne's six-year-old entire had not been seen since being agonizingly beaten by a nose in the Breeders' Cup Classic of 2014, an absence of 1,130 days during which time he had a spell at stud in Qatar.

Sent off at 2-1, despite having plenty in hand on the official figures, he was ridden for the first time in a race by Frankie Dettori and took up the running before the turn into the straight, showing the right sort of attitude close home to hold off Petite Jack.

Toast Of New York was initially retired following a tendon injury when being prepared for the Dubai World Cup of 2015.

Dettori told At The Races: “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 emphasize enough how brilliant everyone has been to get him back.

“He's only 70 percent at the moment, but he still won. That's a step forward and should improve him a lot. After three years that was a great effort.”

Wearing a hood for the first time, Toast Of New York threw Dettori off on the way to the start.

Thankfully the stalls were not far from the chute and he was able to be walked to the start, with Dettori jogging alongside.

Always prominent in the race itself, Dettori had enough confidence to kick on some way out and it is a credit to Osborne and his team he was fit enough to win after such a layoff.

Although he did have upwards of 20 lb in hand on his best form, his rivals were all rated over 100, adding extra merit to the performance.

Toast Of New York was bought by Al Shaqab Racing after his near-miss at the Breeders' Cup, and their racing manager Harry Herbert said: “I think everyone involved is relieved to see him not just win, but be back on a racecourse again.

“This is a phenomenal performance from Jamie and Jimmy (McCarthy, assistant), who has ridden him in all his work.

“It's been a patient journey but so exciting and I've been excited to see a bit of the build-up. The trainer's expectations were pretty high, he liked what he'd seen and felt the flame burned bright still.”

He added: “He's still an entire and covered 15 or so mares in Doha and got 10 in foal. There just wasn't the support for him as a sire.

“Our vet told us his tendon injury wasn't that bad, but it's not very often you see a horse his age still an entire and coming back to racing.

“Frankie said he felt big and burly and I loved the way he got him balanced, but I take my hat off to Jamie, it's wonderful to see. It's a fairytale.

“We'll have to see what the next stage is, to launch him back into the Pegasus (World Cup Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream Park in January) will be considered, obviously we don't have a slot but they usually become available.

“Good Friday (All-Weather Championship Finals Day), it's all possible, the (Dubai) World Cup must be an obvious target, he was bought to do that it's just taken a while to get there.”

  • super fan

    Unbelievable, so happy he’s back!

  • jacob.bratcher

    It’s interesting that the press is reporting how Toast of New York merely had a vaguely “unsuccessful” stint at stud in Qatar. I wonder if that simply means he couldn’t get any mares, or was he sub-/infertile?

    • Beau Geste

      By racing manager, Harry Herbert’s comment, “He’s still an entire and covered 15 or so mares in Doha and got 10 in foal. There just wasn’t the support for him as a sire.” I have to assume that he simply wasn’t a popular stallion prospect. No matter how far they take his return, it’s quite a story.

      • really?

        Please don’t expect commenters to actually read and retain the info in the article.

        • Beau Geste

          It’s easy to skip right over something. I’m sure I’ve done it a time or two.

        • jacob.bratcher

          That was added to the article later, along with other quotes. Stay classy, though.

  • McGov

    This is interesting to see and my first thought is I wonder if they castrated him before bringing back to training and giving up on stud career. Cause studs don’t usually embrace racing over studding hahhahah …If he is still intact, I would expect him to be a handful, to say the least ;)
    Unless stem cell therapy within 3 weeks of tendon injury these things can always jump right back up….and even with stem cell and no patchwork fibre regrowth….the tendon is never really the same…IMO.
    I wouldn’t get overly ambitious. If the horse is managed in a moderate way he could carry on well and finish his career healthy and prosperous.
    But Pegasus…..Why? Sounds like a bad idea and a great example of overly ambitious.

  • CE Butler

    It is a crime he wasn’t given the BC victory; perhaps the worst decision I ever saw. Bet if Chrome was beaten the nose by Beyren he, Beyren would have been DQ’d. Heck, Beyren whipped out over 1/2 the field at the start. Can’t really figure out why they brought him back to race. With his record I’d think they’d be intrest in him unless he’s shooting blanks.

    • Neigh Sayer

      He got 10 in foal on only 15 covers as the article clearly stated. Blanks aren’t the problem, lack of interest is, so they could find him a job or make his new job at the races, so here he is.

    • Meg Hiers

      If you wanted Bayern DQed, you would have had to DQ TONY as well as he cut off Shared Belief even worse than Bayern halfway down the stretch the first time.

  • Scot Morley

    Unbelievable for him to come back and win after a 3 year layoff!
    Props to his trainer and the people at the farm!

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