Oakford Farm graduate Authoritarian is heading for higher grades after a three-length victory in the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) at Flemington.
The son of 2007 English Derby winner Authorized controlled Saturday’s race from the front of affairs and stayed on strongly for a three length victory over Cuban Fighter (Teofilo) and Gifted Lad (Zabeel).
He had won a Geelong maiden over 2424m on April 8 and trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman were praying for rain before the St Leger. “He was perfectly placed today and was going to eat up every yard of the 2800m,” Lee said. “And the soft ground was just perfect for him.”
The Freedmans bought the grey from Brian McKnight’s Oakford Thoroughbred Farm in Maldon. He cost $52,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and has now earned $146,585.
The G1 South Australian Derby and G1 Queensland Derby are now on the horizon. “We thought he was a bit average until we got him on a wet track – he loves it,” Lee added. “And it was a great ride by Daniel Moor, he’s done a lot of work for our stable and he knows the horse.”
Authoritarian (3g Authorized – Special Dream by Stravinsky) is a half-brother to winners by Hawk Wing, Fantastic Light and Artie Schiller. His sire Authorized (Montjeu) shuttled from Dalham Hall to Darley Australia for four years until re-routing to Chile in 2013.
Oakford Thoroughbreds sold a colt by Darley sire Domesday for $30,000 at last month’s Melbourne Premier Sale. The colt was claimed by Austy Coffey of Swan Hill.