Akeed Mofeed off and running with a brace of first-crop 2YO winners
19 March 2018
“The thing I like best about them is that they have a great attitude. We have a handful in training on behalf of Goldin Farms and they are really very good horses to do anything with.” — John Hawkes
Goldin Farms foundation stallion Akeed Mofeed (GB) is off and running as a sire of winners following the individual successes of two first-crop 2-year-old sons within 48 hours of each other.
Heart Conquered and Sunset Watch showed the benefit of having a previous outing when each won at their second racetrack engagement, both prepared for victory in Goldin Farms racing livery by the prolific training partnership of Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes.
Heart Conquered holds the distinction of becoming Akeed Mofeed’s first-ever winner following his success on the Morphettville program in Adelaide last Saturday. Sent to post the $3.20 favourite of a 1000m 2YO Handicap, the striking chestnut colt was in contention throughout the race before forging to a three-quarter length success over the closing stages.
Significantly, finishing behind Heart Conquered in third position was Akeed Mofeed’s first-crop daughter La Vita. A Morphettville 1000m trial winner on March 10, the filly finished just over a length and a quarter behind Heart Conquered having shown brilliant natural speed to lead the field for the majority of the contest.
Monday’s Ballarat meeting in Victoria witnessed Sunset Watch emulate Heart Conquered. Similarly backed into $3.10 favouritism at his second career outing, the Akeed Mofeed colt bounced straight on to the pace and never gave his opposition a chance, surging away to a two lengths success over the 1200m distance of the 2YO Set Weights Maiden.
Heart Conquered, Sunset Watch and La Vita are amongst only five members of Akeed Mofeed’s first-crop 2-year-olds to have so far faced the starter. Their combined short-course performances in Saturday metropolitan grade and at one of the leading country tracks of Victoria is a hugely encouraging sign for a stallion that won in International Group 1 company at 2000 metres, and ranked as one of the world’s leading performers at the Intermediate distance range of 1900-2100m.
“The thing I like best about them is that they have a great attitude. We have a handful in training on behalf of Goldin Farms and they are really very good horses to do anything with.”
— John Hawkes
One of the great authorities in domestic racing, trainer John Hawkes is delighted to be instrumental in Akeed Mofeed’s first two winners and says that the breed is showing all the signs of becoming a significant success story on Australian racetracks.
“It’s really encouraging to see his [Akeed Mofeed] early runners winning over 1000m and 1200m,” remarked the Hall of Fame trainer. “They are bred to get much further and to train-on to become quality 3-year-olds and older horses.”
Hawkes Snr added: “The thing I like best about them is that they have a great attitude. We have a handful in training on behalf of Goldin Farms and they are really very good horses to do anything with.”
Akeed Mofeed’s brace of maiden 2-year-old winners earlier this week sees him making a favourable impression on the 2017/18 First Season Sires standings at an earlier stage than possibly anyone first expected. The Goldin Farms stallion has done so with fewer runners than any of his contemporaries currently in the top-10, and with an initial crop that totalled just 58 live foals.
It all reads particularly well for the emerging stud career of the world-class son of Dubawi.
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