Ireland’s champion jumps trainer took the Cesarewitch with Low Sun at Newmarket on Saturday, and followed that up with a Listed success over a mile and three-quarters for fillies and mares.
True Self had run just twice previously on the Flat, but the five-year-old was a bumper and hurdles winner. The level could be her game after she stamped her authority in some style.
Ridden with supreme confidence by champion Irish jockey Colin Keane, the 6-4 favourite cruised past long-time leader Altra Vita over two furlongs out and won unchallenged by three lengths.
Mistress Quickly was second, with Roystonia three-quarters of a length away in third.
“It was a fantastic performance, beyond even our expectations,” said Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father.
“She appears to really like that summer kind of ground. She wasn’t at her best during the winter months.
“Today was a bit of a shot in the dark. Her owner brought 10 or 12 (in the syndicate) over, so they have enjoyed the day.
“We’ll crank her up a grade now, and see how far we can go with her.
“I’m not sure what the plan is now. I don’t think she’s a real middle-of-the-winter mare, so there might not be a whole lot of opportunities the rest of this year – but next summer, we’ll be looking forward to her immensely.”
Mullins was not the only jumps trainer to strike at the Somerset venue.
Paul Nicholls was on target with Divin Bere, ridden by his daughter Megan.
The 5lb claimer brought the well-backed 2-1 favourite with a strong run in the straight to land the two-mile one furlong Octagon Consultancy Handicap.
The five-year-old was having his first run following a wind operation as the trainer prepares him to go novice chasing.
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