Queen Elizabeth Stakes Wrap
1st: True Self (Hugh Bowman/Willie Mullins)
2nd: Pondus (Damien Oliver/Joseph O’Brien)
3rd: Chapada (Daniel Stackhouse/Mike Moroney)
Winning Time: 2:44.99 Last 600m: 35.09
Margins: 1L x 1L
Having been balloted out of the Lexus Melbourne Cup the past two years, the Willie Mullins-trained True Self has once again claimed the consolation bonus by winning the Group Three Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Sitting at 25th in the order for the Lexus Melbourne Cup on both occasions and missing out on gaining a start, True Self has managed to win the $200,000 consolation bonus by winning the 2600m contest in 2019 and now, again, in 2020.
Despite having a checked run in the straight, True Self managed to weave his way through the field to defeat the Joseph O’Brien-trained Pondus by a length, with the Michael Moroney-trained Chapada a further length away in third.
Travelling foreman for Willie Mullins, Dave Casey was thrilled to make it back-to-back victories in this race.
“Willie would be delighted. We were a little bit disappointed at Caulfield but were delighted to come back here and win,” he said.
Jockey Hugh Bowman said the slow tempo of the race actually benefitted the seven-year-old mare.
“She’s a horse more known for her turn of foot than her stamina and Dave Casey gave me a good explanation of the way to ride her. I gave her a pretty similar ride to what Ryan (Moore) gave her last year and she’s delivered the goods once again.”
OTI managing owner Shane O’Driscoll added: “Little bit disappointed to come back two years in a row and finish 25th in the order for the Melbourne Cup, but on both times she’s been able to grab us some consolation. A terrific effort by the mare.”