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Horse Racing: KING OF SPEED; Timeform: Authorized stopped the clock.

RACING'S bible Timeform yesterday gave Epsom hero Authorized (right) a massive thumbs-up when they rated him the joint-best Derby winner since Generous in 1991.

The Halifax-based number-crunchers also confirmed the first leg of Frankie Dettori's fantastic Derby double clockedup the best 'timefigure' in that period, earning a mark of 131 - ahead of Commander In Chief's 130 in 1993.

Authorized now has a Timeform rating of 132 - equal to the post-Derby mark awarded to Galileo in 2001 and three points shy of Generous' figure.

"Authorized landed the Derby in a manner which suggested he might go on to prove an outstanding classic winner, although it remains to be seen how effective he'll prove under significantly quicker conditions," confirmed Timeform spokesman Kieran Pickman.

For the record, their top-rated Derby hero is Shergar (1981) on 140, who they have three points clear of Pinza (1953), Grundy (1975) and Troy (1979).
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2007
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