Akeed Mofeed: misses 2,000 Guineas but will return next monthPICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)
Oxx rules Akeed Mofeed out of 2,000 Guineas
BACKERS of Akeed Mofeed, who was a mover for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas last week, were dealt a blow on Monday when trainer John Oxx revealed he will miss the race.
The colt was as short as 9-1 with Coral for the opening Classic of the season and was Tom Segal's Pricewise selection but having been found slightly lame he will not be heading to Newmarket.
Speaking on Monday morning, Oxx said: "Akeed Mofeed took a lame step yesterday and is going to have to have an easy week.
"We had been planning to run him in the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday, but he won't be running and he will also miss the Guineas as we wanted to run him over a mile before making a decision about Newmarket."
Akeed Mofeed is 12-1 second-favourite for the Investec Derby, having been added to that race last week at a cost of £8,000, and Oxx continued: "The plan now, all being well, is to start him off in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown next month."
Akeed Mofeed, a son of Dubawi, won a 7f maiden by five lengths at Leopardstown in September before losing out by half a length to David Livingston when favourite for the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh later that month.