AKEED MOFEED FILLIES CHASING GROUP GLORY
Three Akeed Mofeed fillies sold at yearling sales in 2019 are being
set for big things in the coming weeks both in Australia and New Zealand.
The Swettenham Stud stallion trio – Succeed Indeed, Trodaire and A Box Of Tricks – are all last start winners and being aimed at Group 1 races.
Succeed Indeed is being set for the Victoria Oaks, Trodaire is aimed at the VRC Derby and New Zealander A Box Of Tricks will hopefully head to the NZ Thousand Guineas.
Already Group 3 placed on debut in the Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in March, Succeed Indeed, out of Lucky Morna (Ferocity), resumed after a 26-week break and ran third at her second start at Sandown. And three weeks later she won at Sandown over 1600m in the benchmark 70 for fillies.
Purchased for $45,000 by astute Flemington trainers Troy and Leon Corstens, the filly is raced by Melbourne cardiologist Adam Gay, along with his family and a group of friends and colleagues.
Troy said he hopes the filly can reach the high level they’ve set, with her next assignment expected to be the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m).
“I bought the filly on type. Her pedigree was okay,” Corstens aid.
“We scanned her heart and it rated very well and it was just another tick in the box that’s for sure.
“Hopefully she can get to the level where we think she can.’’
DNA testing had shown that Succeed Indeed was “an out and out stayer”, according to Corstens.
Succeed Indeed holds a nomination for the Thousands Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 10 where she is $26 in the early markets.
And the chestnut filly is being kept safe in the VRC Kennedy Oaks where some bookies have had her at $15.
After two unplaced starts as a two-year-old, Trodaire resumed after another birthday and a 13 week spell to win first-up at Echuca over 1400m on September 17.
A $200,000 purchase at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the three-year-old gelding, drew the outside barrier at Echuca but was patiently ridden by Bill Egan.
Trodaire came from last to score impressively on the line which wasn’t missed by bookmakers who installed him on the fifth line of Derby betting at $26.
Caulfield trainer Lloyd Kennewell quickly mapped out a plan following the victory and will now either head to Moonee Valley on October 2 or the following day at Flemington.
The Derby lead-up race, the Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield, will be the next start target.
Trodaire is out of Listed Tasmanian Oaks winner, Marchelle Belle (Anabaa/Life Goes On Oh).
New Zealand trainer Bryce Newman admits he didn’t know about Akeed Mofeed, but was keen to buy one of his progeny when he saw them at the sales and the interest they generated.
He bid on a few, but they were out of his price range. Luckily a filly he really liked – out of Pandora De Lago (Encosta De Lago/Fog Tree Drive) – was knocked down to him for $17,500 at the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale.
Newman, a former top New Zealand equestrian rider, named the filly A Box Of Tricks.
The filly has had two starts and recently broke her maiden status at Wanganui against older horses and was first-up after a 25 week break.
Newman is hoping A Box Of Tricks will progress to New Zealand’s Thousand Guineas in November.
“She does go well,” Newman said.
“We bought her in the Queensland sale and it was quite funny because we’d been to the Adelaide sale and we really hadn’t heard of him (Akeed Mofeed) but they were making great money.
“We thought we’d missed the boat with them but we rocked up at the Queensland Sale and there were a few more in there and the first couple through the ring made real good money.”
Newman, who trains on his 500-plus property at Bulls on the North Island, says they thought they might have made a bit of a blue when they bought the filly “for not a lot of money.”
He said she was small, but now they couldn’t be happier with their buy.
And Newman and his team certainly now know of Akeed Mofeed.