Hong Kong Hero, Mofeed, Eyeing Aussie Raid

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 audience.

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 Kong.

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.