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Price Is Truth Storms to 13-Length Victory at Sharjah

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In-Form Mullen and Seemar Combine for Trainer`s 650th UAE Victory

The only Thoroughbred race on Sharjah’s second card of the season on Saturday afternoon, a 1200m handicap, was won in devastating fashion by Price Is Truth. Richard Mullen was in the saddle and provided his main employer, trainer Satish Seemar, with a landmark 650th UAE winner in the process.

Very well away, Mullen’s mount was always at the head of affairs and had his 12 rivals in trouble at halfway. It was clear with 400m to run that, with Seemar’s charge not stopping and, if anything going further clear, the race was over.

It was a first victory, at the 13th attempt for the horse who passed the line 13 lengths clear of his field.

"We know the horse likes Sharjah and was a good second here over course and distance in March," said Seemar. "We were pretty hopeful coming into the race and he did not let us down.
“We had three in the race and Richard certainly picked the right one.”

Mullen was to double up in the official feature, a 1700m conditions contest, driving the Jaber Bittar-trained Mor’Eb to a hard-fought success and a second course and distance victory.
Seemingly struggling in rear early on, Mullen’s mount suddenly found his rhythm as the runners started the turn for home and they hit the front about 300m out, passing both JAP Doonick and Barek W’Rsan.

That pair fought back but Mor’Eb held on well.

“That was a decent little contest,” said Mullen. “They went pretty quick up front and my fellow took a while to really get going but he has done it well enough in the end.

“I think he should come on for this and he should have some improvement left him.”

Bittar was also completing a double after the opening 1200m maiden went the way of his debutante, Munafisat Al Reef, ridden prominently by Jesus Rosales. It was a promising start to the career of the three-year-old filly.

“She can only improve,” said Rosales. “For a three-year-old to win first time out against older horses is a good performance.”
Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea was ultra positive on JAP Joker in the 1700m maiden, rousting his mount to take an early lead, one they never looked like vanquishing. With 800m to run O’Shea shot clear on the Irfan Ellahi-trained runner and the pair clearly had the race in the bag.

“The horse was a good second here last week over course and distance,” said O’Shea. “Mr Ellahi said to try and get to the front and the horse has really enjoyed himself and stayed the trip well.
“It is nice to get a winning spare ride.”

Royston Ffrench maintained his record of riding at least one winner at every UAE meeting thus far this season when steering debutant Ahmadani to victory in a 1200m maiden.

Trained by Helal Al Alawi, Ffrench’s mount was not the fastest away and showed his inexperience in the early stages before producing a telling finishing burst to the delight of his jockey.

“The plan was to be close to the pace but he was very green early on but once I was able to get out the kickback he picked up well.

“It has been a great start to the season and I hope it continues.”

The meeting concluded with a 1700m handicap and Fantastique MHF was another to make every post a winning one with Pat Dobbs aboard for Doug Watson.