Authorized steps up a gear

Authorized has begun his serious preparation ahead of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Authorized has begun his serious preparation ahead of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The Derby hero has had his first workout for a month, having been confined to routine exercise since his victory in the Juddmonte International at York.

And Frankie Dettori is likely to team up with the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained colt on the gallops in the next week as the big race at Longchamp on October 7 approaches.

“Frankie will come down and sit on him. I don’t know exactly when, he’ll come down probably next week some time,” said the Newmarket-based handler.

Authorized went seven-and-a-half furlongs on the Round Gallop at Newmarket on Tuesday with regular work rider Noel O’Connor on board in a solid spin with stablemate Striving Storm.

“He went nicely, as good as gold. We’re very happy, everything’s good. We’ll just build up to the Arc now.” added Chapple-Hyam.

Authorized has hardened to 6-4 following the retirement through injury of Manduro following his victory in the Prix Foy at Longchamp on Sunday and Chapple-Hyam sympathised with the connections of the Andre Fabre-trained five-year-old.

“It’s very sad. Obviously I’ve been through it all before so I know exactly what it’s like, it kills you,” he went on.

“It doesn’t matter how many times it happens or who it happens to whether it’s Manduro or the worst horse in the yard it affects you and gets to you all the time.

“You are dealing with animals not machines. Anything can go wrong at any stage and I feel sorry for them.

“Like footballers, horses are always breaking down. To go through a season without something going wrong would be a miracle. It never happens.

“The real good horses seem to injure themselves because they are the ones that really try.”

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