Seemar shines at Meydan

Seemar shines at Meydan

Le Bernardin wins the Handicap 1600m feature race

By Hisham Al Gizouli (Chief Reporter)

Published: Fri 21 Nov 2014, 1:02 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:32 PM

Price Is Truth, ridden by Richard Mullen, winning the fourth race. — KT photo by Juidin Bernarrd

Dubai — Former champion trainer Satish Seemar saddled a treble in the second meeting of the season of the Meydan Racecourse on Thursday night. All the winners were partnered by the Zabeel Stables retained jockey Richard Mullen.

After landing the second race with Tahaamah, the duo went on to claim the third race with Satwa Story before they have sent Price Is Truth to smash a field of 11 runners in a spectacular fashion in the fourth race, to make it three in a row.

“Following his great performance in Sharjah, we thought the handicapper had been very tough to him, but Price Is Truth proved to be very relaxed and did a fantastic job once again,” said Mullen following his easy win in the 1200m TB Handicap Dubai Duty Free & Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, the first of the two features of the night.

Satish said: “Some of the horses that have won today have had problems and we have been very patient to get them back into the track. The treatment program for Satwa Story extended over 18 months thanks to my team for providing the utmost care program for the horses.”

“I didn’t expect Price Is Truth to do the similar style of racing like what he did in Sharjah, but he likes to run and we decided not to disappoint him. I think he liked it here as well,” he added. The feature race, a 1600m TB Handicap sponsored by Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship was easily won by Le Bernardin under UAE apprentice Saeed Al Mazrouei for trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe.

State Law, ridden by Patrick Dobbs, has just held on to prevail by half a length in front of fast finishing Year Of Glory under Richard Mullen in the 1600m TB Maiden Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprises opening race on the card. Debutant Silver Galaxy, Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle, was a long way back in third.

UAE debutant Tahaamah made it a winning start for the connections in the 2000m TB Handicap Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises, the second race of the night. Ridden by Richard Mullen and trained by Satish Seemar at the Zabeel Stables, the six-year-old gelded son of former champions King’s Best settled behind the early speed before he made a forward move to lead in the home turn and kicked away unchallenged.

Meanwhile, Satwa Story completed a double for the partnership of Seemar-Mullen in the silks of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, in the 1400m TB Handicap Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire, the third event on the card.

Sailorman was the first to leave the stalls and set sails to lead in the early stages and right on his heels raced Etijaah in the hands of Dane O’Neill. Satwa Story was ridden patiently by Richard Mullen in third place as the runners began to sort themselves out. And it did not take long for Dane O’Neill to advance to the front as the early leader was relegated to the back of the field and at the same stage Richard Mullen lodged his claim to go more than a length clear as Sowaylm came from last to take second on the line. “He’s really nice horse and moved beautifully to travel easily on the surface. He did well and I think seven furlongs is his best trip,” said the winning jockey Richard Mullen later.

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