Reynaldothewizard and Richard Mullen lead in the Golden Shaheen fieldPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Mullen to stay in Dubai after first Group 1 win
Report: UAE, Saturday
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RICHARD MULLEN tasted Group 1 success for the first time on World Cup night when guiding the Satish Seemar-trained seven-year-old Reynaldothewizard to victory in the Golden Shaheen, racing three-wide round the bend and going clear up the home straight.
Johnny Murtagh came with a late challenge on Balmont Mast to take second, with last year's winner Kryton Factor taking third.
The win prompted Mullen to reveal he had cut his ties with British racing to settle permanently in Dubai. Mullen, 36, whose skills have long been celebrated more in Dubai than at home, said: "I decided when I came out this year that I would cut my ties with England.
"This is my permanent residence now, although I'll actually be racing in Mauritius this summer. I've been very fortunate out here and it's very special to ride my first Group 1 winner in Dubai.
"I spoke to John Fretwell, who has retained me and he agreed that it was the right decision for me. This is the start of a new chapter. I'm still young, and if Gary Stevens can ride at this level at 50 I've got a lot of years left."
The American-based Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Trinniberg cut out the early fractions as the field went a decent enough gallop, with Mullen positioned behind the leaders along with Gordon Lord Byron.
Turning for home Mullen found himself posted wider than ideal and one of the first to come off the bridle, nudging and niggling his mount to keep with the pace.
However, rounding the bend he wasn't losing ground, and once into the straight he began to assert, with Mullen punching him clear with the rallying Balmont Mast never quite having enough distance left to look like actually posing a threat.
Richard Mullen has moved to DubaiPICTURE: David Dew
Reynaldothewizard was completing a 2013 Carnival hat-trick and Mullen said: "We knew this horse had to run a big race as he has been a revelation in these blinkers. His Super Saturday win was very good but this is clearly an even better run.
"We knew there would be plenty of pace in the race and I did not want to get too far back so was happy to get a lead into the straight. We know he stays further so I was always going to commit for home some way out and luckily he has held on grimly.
"It is a great result for the whole team - a lot off hard work has gone into this. I am the lucky one who gets to ride them. This will probably take a while to sink in."
Seemar added: "That is great for everyone and I am delighted for Richard who works so hard for us and is a real team player."
On Balmont Mast, Murtagh said: "There was perhaps a moment when I thought I might get there but the winner responded well," while Fawzi Nass, owner and trainer of Krypton Factor, said: "He needed his first two runs badly and that was a lot better. He will probably go to England."