Mofeed will drop back in trip
JOHN Oxx's promising three-year-old Akeed Mofeed is to drop back in trip after his run in Saturday's Irish Derby.
Making his seasonal debut, the Dubawi colt finished fourth of the five runners at the Curragh, beaten over 18 lengths behind Triple Crown aspirant Camelot. He was something of a talking horse throughout the winter but a succession of small problems had kept him off the track until the weekend.
"We were not disappointed, we thought he'd need the race, but we thought he might have lasted a bit longer than he did," said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Jaber Abdullah.
"They were atrocious conditions and given it was his first run of the season it was asking a lot of him I suppose, so he probably fared quite well. He would go on soft ground but that was something else on Saturday.
"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. He'll probably go again in about three weeks.
"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."
Meanwhile, David Nagle's Chipchase Stakes winner Maarek could go for more Group Three glory at Newbury on Saturday week, should the going be soft. The Tipperary handler has vowed to go wherever conditions are suitable after the five-year-old successfully graduated from handicaps to Pattern company at Newcastle on Saturday.
Newbury's Shadwell Stakes is the first possible target for Maarek, while Nagle will give his stable star an entry in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in September. "There's not a bother on him. He's eaten up and is in great form. It was a super day and we're still celebrating," the trainer said.
"He'll be entered in a Group Three at Newbury the same day as the July Cup (at Newmarket). We'll put him in the big sprint at Haydock and he'll be entered in all the group races over six furlongs.
"Wherever the ground comes up soft we'll go. He's very tough, genuine and consistent."