Mofeed added to Derby field

John Oxx’s Akeed Mofeed is one of five new entries for the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 2.

John Oxx’s Akeed Mofeed is one of five new entries for the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 2.

The second entry stage provides connections who did not enter at the initial yearling stage the opportunity to add horses to the premier Classic at a cost of £8,000.

The third and final opportunity to enter the Derby comes at the supplementary entry stage on May 28, when the fee rises to £75,000.

Akeed Mofeed won a Leopardstown maiden last September before finishing a close second in the Beresford Stakes and Oxx, who has saddled two Derby winners in Sinndar (2000) and Sea The Stars (2009) from just three runners, feels the colt could make up into an Epsom contender.

“The Investec Derby is certainly on Akeed Mofeed’s radar,” said the trainer.

“It’s early days yet – we’ll have to get him on the track first and go from there – but it had always been the plan to put him in at the second entry stage.

“Everything has gone well with him over the winter. He has done particularly well and everything continued well right through the spring time. He has been working away and is not too far from his first run.

“He has always worked well, he’s always looked a nice horse and he has shown us plenty at home so when he raced we expected him to do well.

“We haven’t come to a decision about where he is going to start this season, but we would be leaning towards a 2000 Guineas trial.

“We want to start him off at a mile and give him a chance at that trip first and then we’ll think about the Qipco 2000 Guineas. He has shown a bit of speed all right, but we will have to put it to the racecourse test.

“He also has the Derrinstown Derby Trial as an option here at Leopardstown which would be a good follow up from the 2000 Guineas trial.

“You never know if they will get the Derby trip until the day as there is always a doubt until they are put to the test.”

Another horse to have been added to the race is the David Lanigan-trained Main Sequence, who has won at Yarmouth and Newmarket on his two starts to date.

Lanigan said: “We have entered Main Sequence just to keep our options open.

“He has done well from two to three, he has strengthened up and done physically well over the winter

“The Niarchos family (owners) are keen to have him in there as an option, but we will just have to see how we get on.

“He is a horse I have always liked but, to be brutally honest, on his homework I thought he would run a nice race on debut and finish in the first four and he went and won it.

“He does his homework all right, but he is not a horse who is exuberant in his work – he is just workmanlike at home.”

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is responsible for two of the second entries – Mandaean and Swedish Sailor.

The fifth sentry is the Aga Khan-owned Kesampour.

Trained in France by Mikel Delzangles, the colt is unbeaten in three starts, most recently registering a comfortable victory in an 11-furlong Listed contest at Saint-Cloud on April 1.

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