By Elaine Belval.
The best racing last weekend was in Hong Kong, an exciting international exhibition that showcased four Group 1 races, including the 2000-meter (approximately 1 1/4-mile) Hong Kong Cup, which was won by the Hong Kong-based but British-bred Akeed Mofeed. Akeed Mofeed was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock and he is owned by Pan Sutong and trained by Richard Gibson.
Akeed Mofeed originally raced in Ireland, winning the Platinum S. (LR). He was sold to Pan Sutong (for a reported approximately $2.5 million), for whom he won the Hong Kong Derby before winning the Hong Kong Cup.
Akeed Mofeed is by Dubawi and out of a granddaughter of the great producer Whakilyric (dam of Classic winner Hernando and G1 winner Johann Quatz). Dubawi is a son of the top-class, prematurely deceased Dubai and G1 Classic winner Zomaradah (by Deploy), meaning that he shares the female family of sires In the Wings and High-Rise.
Dubawi won the G1 National S. at the Curragh at two and returned to win the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas at three. He also finished several lengths behind Motivator in the G1 English Derby before winning the Prix Jacques Le Marois over eight furlongs in Deauville, finishing his career with a second behind Starcraft in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. at Newmarket.
Dubawi was a homebred for Darley (Godolphin) and he retired to Dalham Hall Stud in England at the end of his career. He has proved a more than able replacement for his sire, who left behind only one crop of foals.
Dubawi’s first foals raced in 2009 and included the Group stakes winning two-year-0lds Poet’s Voice (who would return at three to win the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. at Ascot) and the speedy filly Sand Vixen (winner of the G2 Flying Childers S.).
Dubawi has over 60 SWs (an astonishing 14% SWs to foals, one of the highest percentages in the world). Over 40 of those SWs are GSWs, including at least 10 G1 winners. Dubawi is probably best-known in North America as the sire of Dubawi Heights, winner of two G1 grass races in California in 2011.
Sons and daughters of Dubawi have won Group or Graded stakes races all over the world. Akeed Mofeed is not even Dubawi’s first G1 winner in Hong Kong — the great sprinter Lucky Nine (who raced as Luck or Design in Europe) won the G1 Hong Kong Sprint. Dubawi spent several years shuttling to Australia, where his best runner is G1 winner Secret Admirer.
Dubawi’s best runners perform on turf, but he has had several winners on the artificial surfaces, including Dubawi Gold who won two stakes on the all weather at Lingfield before going on to win the prestigious G2 Celebration Mile on turf at Goodwood. Hunter’s Light is a four-time all weather stakes winner — in Dubai, England, and Turkey. His wins in Dubai were in a G1 and a G2; he is also an Italian G1 winner on the turf.
Dubawi stands at Dalham Hall Stud in England, where his 2014 fee is £100,000.