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VIDEO: Willie Mullins trains big race winner in Saudi Arabia
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VIDEO: Willie Mullins trains big race winner in Saudi Arabia
on 20 February 2021
True Self and Hollie Doyle combined for a remarkable Irish success in Riyadh on Saturday

Willie Mullins broke new ground on Saturday when his runner True Self won the $1 million Neom Cup in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.

The mare, who started life in bumpers and has already won a big race in Australia, was partnered in Saturday's races by Hollie Doyle who produced True Self with a tremendous late run.

Britain’s record-breaking female jockey produced True Self to collar long-time leader Channel Maker close home and lift the £437,956 first prize.

Bill Mott’s Channel Maker, a close third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, looked like he had the race in the bag when he slipped the field at the top of straight after soaring past For The Top.

However, jockey Joel Rosario had not accounted for True Self’s abundant stamina – and the eight-year-old started to reduce the gap.

With Doyle in full drive, True Self pulled away from Channel Maker to score by a length and a quarter. The pair were four and three-quarter lengths clear of Emirates Knight in third.

The well-fancied Tilsit, trained by Charlie Hills, had a good early position but was beaten a long way from home.

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