Horse racing: Derby fourth to drop back in distance

Updated: July 4, 2012

Akeed Mofeed will drop back in trip for his next start. The John Oxx trained colt finished fourth behind Camelot in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby but Akeed Mofeed was having his first start since the Beresford Stakes last September.

A succession of setbacks and minor injury problems meant that Oxx had an interrupted preparation for the Jaber Abdullah owned son of Dubawi and as a result had to run him in the Derby without the benefit of a prior race.

A combination of the heavy ground and rustiness mean that it is difficult to know if Akeed Mofeed didn’t really stay the 12 furlong trip but he will drop back to ten furlongs for his next start.

“We’ll bring him back to 10 furlongs I’d have thought, but where that will be I will leave to John. I’d imagine it will be either in a Listed race or a Group Three, we’ll see how he goes. We won’t wait too long with him, we’ve missed enough. He’ll probably go again in about three weeks,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to the owner.

Connections have not given up home of landing a big prize with Akeed Mofeed who was spoken of as an exciting prospect for 2012 over the winter, despite being beaten at odds on by David Livingston on his final start as a two year old.

“We were not disappointed, we thought he’d need the race, but we thought he might have lasted a bit longer than he did. He weakened a long way out and it was pretty inconclusive as regards his trip. He’ll get 12 furlongs at some point, either later in the year or next season. There’s still a good chance he’s pretty useful,” Raymond added.

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