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Former John Oxx inmate Akeed Mofeed wins the Hong Kong Cup

Updated: Monday, 09 Dec 2013 16:23 | Comments

Akeed Mofeed benefited from a superb ground-saving trip under Douglas Whyte
Akeed Mofeed benefited from a superb ground-saving trip under Douglas Whyte

Akeed Mofeed, the former John Oxx-trained colt, struck gold in the Longines Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Now with Richard Gibson and winner of the Hong Kong Derby in March, the son of Dubawi was heading for a gap up the rail under Douglas Whyte as leader Tokei Halo started to drift off the post, but the pair found their passage blocked as the Japanese challenger rolled back.

With Cirrus Des Aigles on his outside, Whyte had to be ultra cool but found a willing partner when daylight came as Akeed Mofeed (39-20) quickened well to collar Tokei Halo and score by a length.

Corine Barande-Barbe's Champion Stakes runner-up Cirrus Des Aigles hung on for third, running his best race in four tries at this meeting, just ahead of Military Attack.

Victory rounded off a great day for Whyte, who also lifted the Mile on Glorious Days.

Barande-Barbe confirmed Cirrus Des Aigles will stay in training.

She said: "I am very happy with the way he has run.

"It is his best performance in Hong Kong so far, but the quick ground is not really ideal as he has to make more use of himself, whereas in the soft it all comes so much easier to him.

"We will continue next year, and hopefully do it all again and I will pray for rain wherever he goes."

Andrew Balding was happy with globetrotter Side Glance in fifth.

He said: "That was very pleasing, he was a little bit slow out of the stalls but he finished really well.

"He has definitely improved throughout the year and that is backed up by the official ratings which indicated he would finish ninth today and he came fifth.

"Australia will again be part of the plan next year, but the Dubai World Cup will be high on his schedule.

"He finished fourth in the race this season, but I think he is a stronger stayer than he was then."

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