Authorized showed why he is the favourite for the Epsom Derby with a comfortable victory under Frankie Dettori in the Dante Stakes at York.
It was Authorized's first run of the season
The 10-11 favourite came slowly out of the stalls but was always handily placed and glided into the lead just over a furlong from home.
Authorized cruised to the line, with Richard Hughes on Raincoat four lengths behind and Al Shemali third.
It raised hopes that Dettori could finally end his Derby hoodoo.
The popular Italian-born rider, who is based in Newmarket, has failed to win the world's most famous Flat race in 14 attempts.
Authorized's trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam won the Derby with Dr Devious in 1992 but Dettori's best finish is second on Tamure in 1995.
Authorized, who won last year's Racing Post Trophy, is now a general 6-4 shot for the Derby.
However, Dettori may be claimed to ride for employers Godolphin for the Epsom race on 2 June.
"If Godolphin have a runner then I will ride for Godolphin because that is my stable, but there is a long time till the Derby and anything can happen," said the 36-year-old.
Jimmy Fortune is likely to take the ride if Dettori is unavailable.
The Dante is considered a good trial for the Derby with two of the last three winners going on to triumph at Epsom.
Chapple-Hyam said: "I have always said that he is probably the best horse I have trained and I don't go back on that - he just has so much class.
"He will improve from today to Epsom, there are no worries about that."
Totesport.com Dante Stakes
York, 1m 2f
1 Authorized (L Dettori) 10-11f
2 Raincoat (R Hughes) 8-1
3 Al Shemali (M Kinane) 18-1
Six ran. Dist: 4, 1.