Champion jockey Douglas Whyte produced a gem of a ride to steer Akeed Mofeed to victory in the Group 1 2013 Hong Kong Cup (2400m) on Saturday.
Whyte positioned Akeed Mofeed on the fence in fifth place in the early stages of the race and the Dubawi entire tracked into the race nicely but was blocked for a run at the top of the straight; with Whyte required to call on all his nous to get the four-year-old out of a pocket.
Akeed Mofeed finally found clear running with 200 metres left to run and stormed home to record a narrow victory from Singapore Cup winner Military Attack and give trainer Richard Gibson his first ever victory in the Group 1 race.
“I didn’t really want to leave the fence but shortly after the Japanese horse (Tokei Halo) rolled off the inside, he rolled back again,” Whyte said after the race.
“Christophe (Soumillon) had me very snug on the outside but his horse (Cirrus Des Aigles) gave way and I was able to ease back a half-length and come to the outside.
“It’s been a while between drinks but good things come to those who are patient and I needed a day like today again.”
Gibson has always had a very high opinion of Akeed Mofeed, who won the Group 1 Hong Kong Derby (2000m) earlier this year, and said after the race that he has a number of international races on the agenda for the valuable stallion prospect.
“He’s a very well bred colt,” Gibson said.
“He needed International Group 1 recognition and he’s achieved that today.
“He’s a very talented horse with a stud future ahead of him and racing abroad beckons but we’ll consider our options before finalising any plans.”
Gibson-trained Gold-Fun was denied victory in the Hong Kong Mile by Whyte on Glorious Days and the leading trainer joked before the race that he would only forgive Whyte for the defeat if he won on Akeed Mofeed in the Hong Kong Cup.
“It’s a great privilege to work with top, professional jockeys like Douglas,” Gibson said.
“I did tell him before the race that I would only forgive him for the Mile if he won the Cup.”
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