THE Dubai World Cup is almost certain to be Toast Of New York's (pictured) next port of call following his heartbreaking defeat in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
Exactly a year on from winning a novice race at Wolverhampton, Jamie Osborne's pride and joy came agonisingly close to glory in the $5million Classic in California, going down by a nose to Bayern in a race that will live long in the memory.
The UAE Derby winner proved that he not only handled the dirt surface that has so often been a big obstacle for Europeans to overcome, but he actually excelled, meaning the world's richest race at Meydan in March remains top of the agenda.
Osborne, who is packing his bags in preparation for his flight back home to his Lambourn base, said: "Toast is on the flight on the way home as we speak and I'll be following him home later on.
"He was a bit tired the next day, as we expected, but I'm sure he'll bounce back pretty quickly as he always does. He knows the drill now.
"It's a bit strange as I don't really know what to feel at the moment. I don't know whether to be very happy or very sad.
"I'm obviously delighted with how the horse has performed. We know the horse inside out now and we had a feeling going in that natural improvement had occurred and we were pretty sure he was a better horse than he was in the spring.
"I'm immensely proud of the horse and it's just a shame he's missed out by a few inches on being a Breeders' Cup Classic winner.
"He has proved himself highly effective on dirt. It was always a bit of a guessing game and our guess was proved right.
"I think we can be fairly sure his next start will be in Meydan. That gives us five months to bring him down and build him back up again, which is plenty of time."
While the trip to Dubai is virtually set in stone and another tilt at Breeders' Cup Classic is almost certain barring injury, the rest of Toast Of New York's 2015 campaign remains up for discussion. It appears unlikely British racegoers will get to see him in competitive action, although Osborne has mentioned Sandown's Coral-Eclipse.
"If all goes well and we can keep him sound, the obvious thing to do would be to top and tail his season for the next couple of years with the World Cup and the Breeders' Cup Classic. It's just the middle bit that will take a bit of thought," said the trainer.