Authorized 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.