This year the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) is on a mission to attract an internationally rich field of stars for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in October, and one of the 20 overseas hopes sent an official invitation to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival classic last week was Hong Kong’s Akeed Mofeed.
Prepared by Richard Gibson the four-year-old Dubawi gelding was one of four Hong Kong-trained weight-for-age gallopers among the 2013 Cox Plate invitees along with the John Moore-trained Singapore Cup quinella of Military Attack (1st) and Dan Excel (2nd), and Anthony Cruz’s evergreen veteran California Memory.
Akeed Mofeed – Horse Form
- Trainer: Richard Gibson
- Regular Rider: Douglas Whyte
- Breeding: by Dubawi (IRE) out of Wonder Why (GER) – by Tiger Hill (IRE)
- Career: 8-3-1-0
- Career Highlight: 1st Group 1 Hong Kong Derby (2000m) – Sha Tin (Hong Kong) 17/03/2013
- Spring Target: $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), Moonee Valley, 26/10/2013
Lightly raced with just 10 starts to their name so far Akeed Mofeed began their career in Ireland under the preparation of John M Oxx where their best efforts included a second to David Livingston at their third start in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes (1609m) as the beaten favourite at The Curragh, as well as their big five length victory in the Listed Platinum Stakes also over the mile in August last year.
Shortly after that victory they were transferred to Hong Kong with Gibson where they’ve gone on to enter the winners’ stall two more times after being gelded.
Their most recent turf triumph saw them break into the big time with a handy win over Endowing in the Group 1 Hong Kong Derby (2000m) having displayed a powerful turn of foot rewarding new connections.
That March effort at their home track at Sha Tin saw them take total control of the race over the final 200m as they stepped up to the distance for the first time.
Following their Derby success Akeed Mofeed was freshened up and returned 42 days later to run in the Group 1 The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup over the same track and distance.
This time however they looked very one-paced and failed to hang on after briefly hitting the front with 300m to travel eventually fading to finish two and a half lengths away fifth to fellow Cox Plate hopes Military Attack, ridden by Australia’s Tommy Berry, and California Memory.
Whether or not connections will accept the Cox Plate invitation is yet to be confirmed.
If they do make the trip down under for a shot at Australasia’s weight-for-age championship however they will be the third Hong Kong-prepared horse to do so.
The first was the David Hayes-trained elegant Fashion who finished ninth to Savabeel in 2004 before John Moore bought over Super Kid the following year for their seventh behind the mighty Makybe Diva.
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