Frankie Dettori is set to jet out to Gulfstream Park in the next couple of weeks in preparation for Toast Of New York’s bid for Pegasus World Cup glory at the end of the month.
Jamie Osborne’s six-year-old entire had been off the track for over 1,000 days before making a winning reappearance at Lingfield in early December.
Prior to that he had not been seen since being beaten a nose by Bayern in the Breeders’ Cup Classic back in 2014.
While he faces a huge step up in class for the $16 million dollar showpiece in Florida on January 27, Osborne is increasingly confident his charge can make his presence felt.
He told At The Races: “It’s fantastic. Just to have him back is great and to have him back in the sort of form where we can seriously consider this is beyond our wildest dreams. We’re all very excited about it.
“Frankie is going to ride him. He’s going to go out a week before and have a few rides for Wesley Ward to get his eye and get a feel for Gulfstream.
“We’ve got it all planned!”
Asked whether he felt Toast Of New York was in similar form to when he came so close to Breeders’ Cup Classic success over three years ago, the trainer said: ” Maybe he’s a better horse.
“We pretty much know what we’ll be up against. Gun Runner is going to be odds-on and the last time I looked we were 50-1.
“Let me guarantee you, he won’t be that on the day. I think people will cotton on to him. He can’t be a 50-1 chance. There’s significantly lesser horses in there at significantly shorter prices than him.”