Akeed Mofeed, the horse who began his career in Ireland but
really made a name for himself in Hong Kong, could very well be
campaigned in Australia later this season as he bids to enhance his
reputation and potential stallion appeal in front of a new
A four-year-old son of the highly successful sire, Dubawi, Akeed
Mofeed (4.5 in the racing betting odds) enjoyed his biggest success
to date when impressively landing the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong
Cup at Sha Tin on December 8.
Switched outside for a clear run approaching the final furlong
of the hugely valuable 2000m contest, the Richard Gibson-trained
colt powered clear under Doug Whyte to beat Japan's Tokkie Halo by
a length, with the French star, Cirrus Des Aigles, a popular figure
with fans of the racing live betting, a further half-length away
back in third.
Owned by Hong Kong entrepreneur Pan Sutong, Akeed Mofeed is
expected to retire to stud at Sutong's Lindsay Park Farm in South
Australia at some point in 2014, but before that connections are
already contemplating a bid for the $4 million Queen Elizabeth
Stakes at Randwick in April, a contest run over the colt's optimum
trip of 2000 metres.
Originally trained by top Irish trainer, John Oxx, in the
Emerald Isle, Akeed Mofeed proved himself a useful juvenile,
running a close second to David Livingston in Group 2 company on
his final start as a two-year-old. He raced only twice more in
Ireland the following season when a distant fourth in the Irish
Derby and successful in a listed race before joining Gibson in Hong
Clearly at home in his new surroundings, Gibson's new recruit
landed the Group 1 BMW Hong Kong Derby in March and had been only
narrowly defeated in the Jockey Club Cup before his fine success at
Sha Tin's premier fixture.