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: Eimear Chance

Team British Racing raises a Toast at Meydan

    Toast Of New York became the toast of the world at Meydan on Saturday when triumphing in impressive style in the Group 2 UAE Derby to become the first winner under the banner of Team British Racing.

Trained by Jamie Osborne, Toast Of New York became the first winner on the international stage since Team British Racing was launched by Great British Racing International (GBRI) earlier this month to shine a spotlight on the success of British trained runners around the world.

Owned by Michael Buckley, a name more usually associated with success at the highest level over jumps, Toast Of New York was partnered to victory by Jamie Spencer. Toast Of New York’s meteoric rise from success in two contests at Wolverhampton last year now has connections dreaming of a potential tilt at the US Triple Crown, starting with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 3rd.

“All the guys told me that the times at Wolverhampton were terrific. He has had a great preparation and all credit to Jamie Osborne. It was his idea, he said it after the first time he won that this was a target,” Buckley told reporters after the race.

Other members of Team British Racing included Dank, who finished a good third in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free, making up a lot of ground after finding difficulty in running.

The Group 1 Dubai World Cup was won by the British-bred African Story, trained in Newmarket by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin. The son of Cheveley Park Stud’s leading sire Pivotal triumphed by over two lengths from his fellow Newmarket residents Mukhardram, trained by William Haggas and Cat O’Mountain who finished third for Godolphin’s other trainer Charlie Appleby.

GBRI’s International Executive Carter Carnegie commented: “Toast Of New York was impressive in the UAE Derby and we look forward to seeing him climb even higher this season.

“British bred, trained and ridden horses have such a long history of success at the Dubai World Cup meeting, and I am delighted that Team British Racing can assist in focusing attention of the great talent in Britain.”