The highly regarded Akeed Mofeed finally got off the mark for the 2012 campaign when making the best of his way home to win the listed Platinum Stakes at Cork on August 5, a step in the right direction, after a frustrating run of injuries had limited his previous appearances this term to just one outing, writes Elliot Slater.
Always considered a potential Group 1 performer by his master trainer, John Oxx, Akeed Mofeed was a strong fancy in many quarters for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, but was forced to miss the first classic of the season after going lame only days before the big race.
The fates again dealt the son of Dubawi a blow as he was being prepared for the Investec Derby at Epsom a month later, when a bruised hock meant the three-year-old would not be ready in time to take his chance.
It was only in late-June in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby that Oxx’s colt finally made his belated return to action, a development that was well received by the Bet Victor horse racing news.
The heavy ground was far from ideal and he was up against the outstanding Camelot. After leading the field into the home straight at the Curragh, Akeed Mofeed came under pressure two furlongs out, and was allowed to come home in his own time once beaten, eventually finishing fourth to the unbeaten Aidan O’Brien-trained colt.
With that pipe-opener under his belt, owner Jabber Abdullah’s charge stripped fitter and relished the easier grade in slamming Barack by a facile five lengths at Cork, proving that he is sound and on the way towards justifying his tall home reputation.
Oxx feels inclined to keep his charge at trips up to a mile-and-a-quarter, so thoughts of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe have pretty much been cast aside. However, if all goes well in his next intended outing in the Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh, there remains a chance that Akeed Mofeed could run in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.
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