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Buckley not keen on Kentucky bid

Friday 4 April 2014

Owner Michael Buckley has all but ruled out a crack at the Kentucky Derby for his UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York.

He feels it will be too much to ask for a growing three-year-old colt to travel to America just a few weeks after his journey to Dubai, where he took the Group Two at Meydan.

While no final decisions have yet been made, the colt's trainer Jamie Osborne did say earlier in the week that he intended to supplement Toast Of New York for the Investec Derby at Epsom in June.

"The horse got back on Monday night. He's just having a walk round this week," Buckley told Racing UK.

"He's in great shape. He's got a wonderful constitution. Obviously it took a lot out of him. He lost 10 kilos in the race and by Monday morning he had put it all back on again and lost a fair bit coming back.

"It was a hell of an experience for a horse used to going to Wolverhampton, where there's usually not many people there.

"No decisions have been made, but I think it's fair enough to say I don't think the concept of going off to Kentucky on the other side of the world and slogging around on the dirt is a fair thing to do with a horse like him.

"It's a time when three-year-olds are growing and maturing and he's been hard training the whole year. I just think it will be unfair to do that. I think he might develop even more. He's a horse with a lot of potential. He's very good and we think it's right to give him the time to prove how good he is."

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