Toast Of New York to strike again

Warwickshire Telegraph - - RACING -

TOAST OF NEW YORK can make the most of hav­ing his sights low­ered and claim what would be a hugely pop­u­lar vic­tory at Lingfield.

It is four years since Jamie Os­borne’s sta­ble star came within a nose of win­ning the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic at Santa Anita.

His sub­se­quent tra­vails have been well doc­u­mented, a ten­don in­jury re­tir­ing him to stud be­fore he made a Lazarus-like re­turn from a three-year hia­tus with what was a fairy­tale suc­cess in this very race 12 months ago.

An am­bi­tious tilt at the Pe­ga­sus World Cup shortly af­ter the turn of the year proved a bridge too far. But the seven-year-old was sub­se­quently gelded, and that has seem­ingly had the de­sired ef­fect be­cause he has run two sound races at Graded level in Amer­ica since.

A run­ner-up fin­ish be­hind Mind The Bis­cuits in the Grade Three Lukas Clas­sic was a big step for­ward, and the mile and six fur­longs of the Marathon on Breed­ers’ Cup night at Churchill Downs was al­ways go­ing to stretch his stamina – but he still shaped with prom­ise to fin­ish fourth.

It would be fan­ci­ful to sug­gest Toast Of New York is the force he once was. But it is clear a good por­tion of his con­sid­er­able abil­ity re­mains in­tact, and he has ev­ery chance of re­gain­ing the win­ning thread in the Betway Casino Con­di­tions Stakes.

Silca Mistress looks the answer to the Lad­brokes Home Of The Odds Boost Fil­lies’ Hand­i­cap.

The daugh­ter of Dutch Art en­joyed a prof­itable sea­son on the turf this year, reg­is­ter­ing suc­ces­sive wins at Le­ices­ter and Good­wood, as well as fill­ing the run­ner-up spot on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions.

She switched to the all-weather for only the third time in her 15-race ca­reer at this venue a fort­night ago, and knuck­led down to see off hot favourite Hu­man Na­ture a shade com­fort­ably by half a length.

With a step up from six to seven fur­longs not an is­sue, Silca Mistress is ca­pa­ble of de­fy­ing a 2lb rise.

Listed hon­ours are up for grabs in the 32Red Wild Flower Stakes at Kemp­ton, and this could prove a good op­por­tu­nity for Nicky Henderson’s high-class mare Verdana Blue to pick up some valu­able black type on the Flat.

The daugh­ter of Get­away has run just once on the level, win­ning as she liked at Chelms­ford in late Septem­ber.

She has since im­pressed in a Listed hur­dle at Kemp­ton and won the Elite Hur­dle at Win­can­ton be­fore fin­ish­ing fourth when favourite for the Great­wood at Chel­tenham.

With the rain hav­ing fi­nally ar­rived in the last week or so, this proven good-ground per­former could find op­por­tu­ni­ties lim­ited over jumps and it looks a per­fectly sen­si­ble de­ci­sion to run her on the all-weather for the time be­ing.

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