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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Oxx's Akeed heads Beresford bidders

John Oxx won the Group Two Beresford Stakes at the Curragh most recently in 2008 with the legendary Sea The Stars and prior to that with Alamshar and Azamour in 2002 and 2003.

Yesterday Paddy Power priced up the race, which has 14 names remaining following the final closing stage, and Oxx's Akeed Mofeed is the 6/4 favourite.

The Jaber Abdullah-owned colt made a likeable debut at Leopardstown before winning at that venue on Champion Stakes day, scoring by a facile five-lengths.

Aidan O'Brien is responsible for nine of the 14 entries as he bids to win the race for an incredible 11th time, while Jim Bolger and Dermot Weld complete the potential line-up with two entries each.

Meanwhile, Ryan Moore will see his specialist once again before he returns to race riding ahead of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The former champion jockey broke his humerus and thumb at Goodwood back in July and was at one stage looking in doubt to make a return at all this season.

However, yesterday Moore partnered last year's Arc winner, Workforce, who pleased connections in a racecourse gallop at Sandown and although not 100pc, Moore is now on track for the big race at Longchamp on October 2.

Moore said yesterday: "It's going very well. Many people have helped along the way and it's been quite hard going.

He admitted: "Physically I'm in very good shape. The movement's not 100 per cent yet but it's getting there.

"I will probably have a couple of rides before the Arc but I'm not sure exactly. Rest is important and I don't want to be riding too much before."

Regarding Workforce, Michael Stoute described the workout as satisfying as his former Epsom Derby hero joined stable companions Confront and Dux Scholar in the gallop.

"That was a nice, strong piece of work on lovely ground and I'm satisfied with that," the trainer said afterwards.

"He was stiff behind for a few weeks (after the King George) but he's moving well and seems in good shape.

"We didn't want him to have a hard race in a trial so we chose a racecourse gallop instead of a race."

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