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Akeed Mofeed out of Derby

Akeed Mofeed will not be aimed at the Investec Derby at Epsom after meeting with another setback.

The John Oxx-trained three-year-old was due to run in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday, but has suffered a strained hock. He will instead be prepared for the Irish 2000 Guineas in two weeks' time, followed by the Irish Derby at the Curragh.

"He's got a problem with his hock. It's not much of a problem but he couldn't medicate it because it's so close to the race," said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Jaber Abdullah.

"John (Oxx) said he'd rather not go for the Derrinstown, and he's not going to go for the Derby at Epsom without a prep race. His new programme will be the Irish Guineas and Irish Derby.

"The problem he had before when he missed his previous race was in front. This time he strained a hock when he worked well on Tuesday. It's one of those unfortunate things.

"John waited until Friday to make up his mind and he wasn't 100% happy with him."

Akeed Mofeed's absence has left a field of five in the Derrinstown, headed by Aidan O'Brien's Wrote, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and the mount of Ryan Moore. He was third behind stablemate Daddy Long Legs in the UAE Derby at Meydan on his return in March.

O'Brien also saddles Tower Rock, who is due to be ridden by Seamie Heffernan.

Jim Bolger runs the progressive Light Heavy, who had Tower Rock back in third place when taking the Ballysax Stakes over the course and distance on his latest start.

Completing the quintet are Dermot Weld's Hit The Jackpot and Calgacus, trained by Tracey Collins.


From Belfast Telegraph