Authorized could be primed for the Stan James 2000 Guineas and the Vodafone Derby next season after his victory at Newbury on Saturday.
The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained colt sprung to prominence at the Berkshire venue when defying his relative inexperience to land the Group One Racing Post Trophy at odds of 25-1 success.
Although well-supported favourite Eagle Mountain encountered traffic problems and finished fourth, there was no fluke about Authorized’s one-and-a-quarter-length win in the hands of Frankie Dettori.
There may have been a few raised eyebrows at the outcome of the Racing Post Trophy but the result did not come as a surprise to Tony Nerses, racing manager for owners Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar.
“I would have to say he is one of the best horses I have ever bought – he is very special,” said Nerses, also responsible for purchasing Breeders’ Cup hope Araafa and Richmond Stakes winner Hamoody.
“The papers say it was a shock but, from my point of view, it was not at all. If he wasn’t good enough he wouldn’t have been there.”
Authorized returned home fit and well after his Newbury heroics, with connections hoping he can make his presence felt on an even bigger stage next season.
Nerses added: “He has come out of the race brilliantly – it is as if he hasn’t even had a race – and was picking grass and very happy, according to Peter.
“I think our route will be the Guineas – he’s certainly got the speed – and the long-term target would be the Derby.
“There’s a long way to go but, fingers crossed, we will get to Epsom.”
The son of Montjeu is currently a 33-1 chance to win the 2000 Guineas with Stan James – for which he would need to be supplemented – while his Derby price is far shorter (12-1 with the same firm and 10s with Coral).
Authorized, who cost 400,000 guineas as a yearling, also holds entries in the Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas and the Budweiser Irish Derby.
Chapple-Hyam added: “He travelled superbly and never looked like getting beaten at any time.
“Of course, we are absolutely thrilled with his win, but we always knew he was a seriously good horse.
“Since his first run last month, his gallops have been exceptional and I felt that he would be very competitive yesterday even though it was only his second career start.
“As long as he handled the ground, I felt he would finish in the first three,” the Newmarket handler told www.peterchapplehyam.com.