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Authorized Derby Rating Best In Decade
Also in the UK, the 5-lengths blitz of his 16 rivals by 3YO colt Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) in the Gr1 English Derby (12 furlongs) at Epsom Downs "earned him a Racing Post Rating of 130: which in the past decade has not been bettered & equalled only once," reported racingpost.co.uk. Racing Post handicapper Paul Curtis said he was "massively impressed" by Authorized's victory "which warranted a rating only 2002 winner High Chaparral has matched in recent years". Curtis added: "He is up there with the best post-Generous Derby winners & this rating shouldn't be the ceiling as he's had only 4 races & he should still be improving. As the standard of competition improves, so should a horse's rating & it's usual for a Derby winner's figure at Epsom to be bettered, even in defeat." The Rcaing Post Ratings of the last 10 English derby winners have been: 2007 Authorized 130; 2006 Sir Percy 120; 2005 Motivator 129; 2004 North Light 124; 2003 Kris Kin 121; 2002 High Chaparral 130; 2001 Galileo 127; 2000 Sinndar 127; 1999 Oath 124; 1998 High-Rise 123.