Toast Of New York fully on course for world’s richest race in Florida

• Trainer Jamie Osborne pleased before Pegasus World Cup
• Handler says horse has improved since Lingfield return victory

“At the outset, we were 33-1 just to get him back on the track,” Jamie Osborne says of Toast Of New York, who will be in Miami this time next week preparing for the $16m Pegasus World Cup, the world’s richest race. “And it was 1,000-1 that he would ever race again at the highest level. So, as you can tell, I’m starting to get a little bit excited.”

He has every right. Toast Of New York is still a 25-1 chance to win the Pegasus at Gulfstream Park on 27 January, but his return to the track at the age of seven, after what seemed to be a career-ending injury, more than a thousand days away and then a brief career as a stallion, has the potential to be the most extraordinary racing story of this or any year. The trainer’s friends have started to suggest who should play him in the inevitable movie if Toast is the winner a fortnight on Saturday. Mike Myers is the early favourite.

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