New York the Toast of Dubai
Jamie Osborne's Toast Of New York ran out a decisive winner of the UAE Derby at Meydan.
Certainly not the most fashionable of runners, having picked up two events at Wolverhampton most recently, he was settled nicely in second by man-of-the-moment Jamie Spencer, who had won the Dubai Gold Cup aboard Certerach 40 minutes earlier.
Toast Of New York (11-1) surged past Safety Check inside the final furlong and was soon well clear of eventual runner-up Asmar.
Godolphin's well-touted Long John flopped badly, while Aidan O'Brien's Giovanni Boldini got going too late and finished fourth.
Osborne said: "What I knew beforehand was that this was probably the best horse I've ever trained, but, having said that, I have trained an awful lot of moderate horses.
"Seeing him win like that was pretty choking and I'm trying to fight back the tears.
"There are several routes we could go down and while he has been left in the Triple Crown races in America I'm not really sure about the dirt for him.
"I'm pretty speechless, really. He does seem to be something special."
Winning owner Michael Buckley said: "The horse will now go back to Lambourn and Jamie will see how he is.
"The Kentucky Derby is not out of the question, but I can't say what the definite plan will be as I don't train him."
Spencer said: "He was in control and relaxed all the way and I knew from the five-pole that unless something pretty drastic happened I was going to win.
"This horse has been doing a lot of good things, both on and off the track, and he couldn't have done it much easier.
"One time when he went to Kempton for a gallop and I was unable to ride him, George Baker took over and told me that this was as good a horse as he had sat on for a very long time."