The Andre Fabre-trained colt – the highest-rated horse in the world – was winning over a mile and a half for the first time and all looked set fair for a tilt at Europe’s middle-distance championship next month.
Connections of the Baron Georg Von Ullman-owned four-year-old declined to comment last evening but reports from the racecourse suggested the horse was lame behind on his right leg with a suspected fracture. Connections were waiting to see X-ray results before making any statement, which is expected today.
His Foy victory was achieved with the minimum of fuss under Stephane Pasquier, the pair accounting for top-class filly Mandesha by two and a half lengths.
Authorized is now Coral’s 13-8 favourite for the Arc, with Ladbrokes going 6-4 about Peter Chapple-Hyam’s brilliant Epsom Derby winner.
Soldier Of Fortune, winner of the Prix Niel, is the 7-2 second-favourite with Coral, while Ladbrokes go just 5-2.
Runaway winner of the Irish Derby on very testing ground, Aidan O’Brien’s runner handled vastly different conditions with some aplomb in beating Sagara by a length and a half under Johnny Murtagh, with the last three winners of the race having gone on to score in the Arc itself.
O’Brien, speaking from the Curragh, said: “The ground was totally different to what it was in the Irish Derby, but he handled it just the same.
“Obviously we’ll be looking at the Arc, although we will just have to see for the moment.”
Murtagh added: “He’ll improve for the race as he’d been off a long time.
“Once he got going I gave him a smack with my left hand and he was off. The pacemaker did his job and got me to the two-furlong marker and my fellow did the job in the style of a high-class horse. He’s got a great attitude and a great heart.”
Passage of Time pleased Henry Cecil on her return from a break following treatment for a throat abscess by occupying third place in the Group One Prix Vermeille.
Richard Hughes exuded confidence on the 4-1 shot, riding her close to the pace before asking for an effort turning for home.
The Khalid Abdullah-owned filly failed to quicken as anticipated, however, with the Francois Rohaut-trained Mrs Lindsay forging clear to initiate a double for Murtagh, holding the fast-finishing Prix de Diane winner West Wind by three-quarters of a length.
Passage Of Time was the same distance back in third, and Cecil said: “She’s run very well as she’s been off a long time and the ground was plenty fast enough.
“She fell to pieces when we treated her for her throat abscess and was like a skeleton.
“She’ll improve from the race and she’s on her way back. The Arc, the Prix de l’Opera, the Champion and the Breeders’ Cup are all options and hopefully she will stay in training next year.”
13-8 Authorized, 7-2 Soldier Of Fortune, 4-1 Dylan Thomas, 13-2 Zambezi Sun, 14-1 bar.
6-4 Authorized, 5-2 Soldier Of Fortune, 9-2 Dylan Thomas, 8-1 Zambezi Sun 10-1 West Wind, 12-1 bar.