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Born: 2004
Place of Birth: Ireland
Colour: Bay
Sex: Colt
Sire: Montjeu
Dam: Funsie

Owner: Saleh Al Homeizi & Imad Al Sagar
Trainer: Peter Chapple-Hyam
Regular Jockey: Frankie Dettori

  • In winning the Vodafone Epsom Derby by five lengths he equalled the wining margin of such racing greats as Nashwan, Generous and more recently, Motivator.

  • Authorized was bought for 400,000 guineas by his trainer at Tattersalls as a yearling.

  • After only his first four starts in his career he had amassed prize money of more than £890,000.

  • Indeed in only his second and final start as a two-year-old he won the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Newbury beating thirteen rivals.

  • In winning the Derby he gave his jockey Frankie Dettori his first win in the famous race after fourteen previous attempts. After the race Frankie said,
    “It was a long two and a half minutes and they went a serious gallop. I counted the horses in front of me coming down the hill and I think there were ten but I knew if they kept up the gallop there wouldn't be a problem. At the four-and-a-half pole I had a peep under my arm and I could only see daylight. I got him balanced going to the two-furlong marker and he stretched away. When I got past the furlong marker the world stopped, my heart stopped, I knew this was going to be my moment. Everything went so smoothly. I expected a dogfight but it was like an oil painting, beautiful and smooth”.

  • Authorized owners’ also are fortunate enough to have owned the now retired Araafa who won two Group 1’s and stands at Plantation Stud in Newmarket.

  • Upon winning the Derby Authorized was ranked the third best horse in the World behind Invasor and Deep Impact He achieved an official rating of 126 for his Epsom effort.

  • At the beginning of June, Authorized was bought by Sheikh Mohammed for and undisclosed sum for a future stallion career after he is retired. However, all racing and management decisions were left in the hands of his trainer and current owners until he retires to stud.

  • Interestingly, the son of Montjeu was co-bred by top jockey Mick Kinane who actually rode against Authorized in the Derby on board Archipenko for Aiden O’Brien who eventually finished last of the finishers.

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