Cartier champion three-year-old colt Authorized, the brilliant winner of the 2007 Derby, was purchased as a foal for 95,000gns by Tony Nerses in 2004 on behalf of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar. Although the son of Montjeu passed back through a sales ring in 2005, he didn’t change ownership. In fact, he is the only horse in living memory to have been bought at auction as a foal and to have won the Derby for his purchasers.
Authorized made his racing debut in the autumn of his two-year-old season when third in the historic Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury. It was a run full of promise and prompted his trainer, Peter Chapple-Hyam, to pitch him straight into Group One company in the Racing Post Trophy (run at Newbury that year). It was a bold move given that this was to be only Authorized’s second start, but he justified his trainer’s belief by breaking his maiden in impressive style under jockey Frankie Dettori.
He was immediately made one of the winter favourites for the Derby, and confirmed the following May that he was the colt to beat when sauntering home by four lengths in the Gr.2 Dante Stakes.
Could Authorized provide Frankie Dettori with a first Derby victory? The answer was an emphatic yes. Held up at the rear, Authorized swept down the outside of the field to take up the running a furlong out and stormed clear to win by five lengths.
Authorized ran a close second to Notnowcato in a controversial running of the Gr.1 Eclipse Stakes on his next start, then took revenge on his Sandown conqueror by winning the Gr.1 Juddmonte International with top Ballydoyle colts Dylan Thomas and Duke Of Marmalade also in arrears.
Authorized was retired to Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket and really made a mark as a sire in 2013 when his daughters Seal Of Approval and Ambivalent, and his son Complacent, became winners at Group One level. Now based at Haras du Logis in France, he is the sire of five Group One winners on the Flat alongside a number of top-class performers over jumps led by the hugely popular Grand National winner Tiger Roll.