An astute purchase by Flemington trainer Troy Corstens at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale is giving Swettenham Stud stallion Akeed Mofeed a boost early in the breeding season.
Corstens, in consultation with Doctor Adam Gay, paid $45,000 for the filly out of Lucky Morna (Ferocity) which races as Succeed Indeed.
The three-year-old filly got black type in her debut in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in March this year when she finished third, and then after a 26 week break resumed with a second at Sandown last month.
She returned to Sandown last week over 1600m in a benchmark 70 where she scored a 1.5 length victory to break her maiden status at her third start.
Succeed Indeed is raced by Gay, a cardiologist, his family and a large group of friends.
Gay also races Swats That, which was a fast finishing second in the G.H. Mumm Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Along with friend and colleague Glen Baker, who is a cardiac technologist, Gay began scanning the hearts of horses to scientifically analyse their results.
Baker, who is also in the ownership of Swats That, which was bred by Gay, still routinely scans the hearts of yearlings for clients before sales.
Corstens, who trains in partnership with his father, Leon, said Succeed Indeed was a nice filly who had a massive opinion of from the start.
He said he was impressed with her sire, Akeed Mofeed, who he says is doing a good job at Swettenham Stud.
“He produces good tough horses,” Corstens said.
“I bought the filly on type. Her pedigree was okay.
“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.
“On genetics she is a CT – an out and out stayer,” he said.
“What we will do is we will run her in the Edward Manifold and then we will just see where she takes us from there.
“She has got a really good turn of foot and the ability to switch off which is a fantastic attribute to have in a stayer.”
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 her at $15.
Already with a Stakes placing, her value as a future broodmare has far surpassed what is now a modest purchase price.
Gay and his team are also looking forward to the performances of Swats That (Shamus Award/Is It A Mosquito).
Corstens said the filly ran an enormous race at headquarters in what was the third start of her career which began with a victory in the VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) and cheque of $158,500.
“She’ll run in the Scarborough Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley (September 25) and then I’ll give her one more and then into the Coolmore, I reckon,” he said.
“She is a really good filly, very talented.”
At her second start, before going for a spell, Swats That was unplaced in the Group 2 Percy Sykes after struggling to handle the heavy eight track at Randwick.
Corstens said it was rewarding to have three-year-olds horses like Swats That and Succeed Indeed.
Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster said it was pleasing to see the performance of Succeed Indeed which has now had three starts for a win and two thirds.
“She has firmed up for the Oaks so we’ll see what happens, but it’s an interesting watch,” Sangster said.
“Akeed Mofeed had a few colts at that sale which were popular and there were a few fillies which we all liked, but he was having a bit more success with the colts at the time.
“But it looks like he was one of those stallions that can produce colts and fillies.”
Three-year-old filly A Box Of Tricks (out of Pandoro De Lago) gave his sire Akeed Mofeed (Dubawi/Wonder Why) another winner last week when the three-year-old won at Wanganui, New Zealand.
Sangster said it was pleasing to see Akeed Mofeed have a couple of city winners from two horses that had targeted bigger races.
“It just shows how diverse he can throw them,” he said. “A Hong Kong Derby (2000m) winner himself, his progeny can get over any sort of trip.”
Sangster there were still bookings available for Akeed Mofeed , who served his biggest book of mares last year with 134, but every win at this time of the year shows what sort of horses he can produce.
“A few of them have gone to Hong Kong which makes it a little bit tougher for him here, but he has finally got a couple of bigger crops coming through which always helps if you are sending a mare this year, you are on the back of his two biggest crops.
“It’s a good time to be going to him.”
Akeed Mofeed, also a winner of the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup, kicked off the year with a two year-old Stakes winner, Jyoti which was trained by father-son team, Tony and Calvin McEvoy.
His progeny averaged $100,000 at the major sales in 2020.
And Sangster said statistics reveal Akeed Mofeed’s figures are better than Zoustar and Dundeel (same season) for stakes performers to winners.
Akeed Mofeed stood his first season at Swettenham in 2014.
His book of 98 mares in 2018 was his second biggest.