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UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (Group 2) 1m 1f 110y

  • (3yo, 1m 1f 110y, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner 1,199,997 2nd 399,997 3rd 200,002 4th 99,998 5th 59,997
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Sand
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 14:25:20
  • Last Updated: March 29 2014, 14:57 GMT

Jamie Osborne landed the biggest success of his training career as Toast Of New York won the UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group at Meydan.

Toast Of New York slams the field in the UAE Derby
Toast Of New York slams the field in the UAE Derby

The Lambourn handler had made no secret of the high regard in which he held his dual Wolverhampton winner and his audacious tilt at this prestigious prize was rewarded in no uncertain fashion.

The race was run at a searching gallop but Jamie Spencer, who was completing a double on the night, always had plenty of horse underneath him and the three-year-old ran on strongly past Safety Check to record a decisive success, finishing well clear of eventual runner-up Asmar.

Godolphin's well-touted Long John flopped badly, while Aidan O'Brien's Giovanni Boldini got going too late and finished fourth.

Osborne said: "What I knew beforehand was that this was probably the best horse I've ever trained, but, having said that, I have trained an awful lot of moderate horses.

"Seeing him win like that was pretty choking and I'm trying to fight back the tears.

"There are several routes we could go down and while he has been left in the Triple Crown races in America I'm not really sure about the dirt for him.

"I'm pretty speechless, really. He does seem to be something special."

Winning owner Michael Buckley said: "The horse will now go back to Lambourn and Jamie will see how he is. The Kentucky Derby is not out of the question, but I can't say what the definite plan will be as I don't train him."

Spencer said: "He was in control and relaxed all the way and I knew from the five-pole that unless something pretty drastic happened I was going to win.

"This horse has been doing a lot of good things, both on and off the track, and he couldn't have done it much easier.

"One time when he went to Kempton for a gallop and I was unable to ride him, George Baker took over and told me that this was as good a horse as he had sat on for a very long time."

Sky Bet reacted by slashing the winner to 25/1 from 40s for next month's 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and introducing him into the market at 16/1 for the Kentucky Derby.

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