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By Graham Potter | Saturday, April 2, 2022

Just a week after getting back onto the racing scene, Du Plessis announced his return in the best way possible, taking out a metropolitan win aboard the Kelly Schweida trained Tyresa in a QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm.

It was a gem of a ride by Du Plessis who showed the benefit of all of his experience when guiding the chestnut daughter of Written Tycoon, who was unwanted in the betting at $16, on a winning path.

Du Plessis firstly let the speed go directly after the jump, but then made sure Tyresa railed up to be no more than two lengths off the leader as the $3.70 second favourite Boom Court took the field along at a relatively leisurely gallop trying to dictate events to suit himself.

As Boom Court left the rail on straightening, Du Plessis had no hesitation in pushing forward on the open inside line that had been presented to Tyresa, which arguably proved to be the winning move.

Tyresa was a willing partner with Du Plessis in the chase down the home straight and, while her progress was more methodical and measured than electric, progress there was and, with 200m left to run, Tyresa had taken the measure of Boom Court and was gradually moving away from that runner.

Once inside the final 100m, the result was never in doubt,

The hot favourite Hang Five ($1.55) did run on late after encountering traffic problems and some interference in the home straight to gain second place 1.80 lengths behind the winner.

“I rode the filly (Tyresa) on Thursday for the very first time and she gave me a really good feel,” said Du Plessis.

“Like I said to Kelly (Schweida) … if you put her in this year’s Oaks field, she wouldn’t look out of place amongst the three-year-olds … she is that big, leggy, strong and robust a two-year-old.

“She won very well and is only going to get better.

“I think Kelly said he didn’t expect her to be so close in the running, but with two-year-olds you always want to keep the momentum going … you don’t want to interrupt them … and I just thought she was travelling that well. She was in a beautiful rhythm and she had the rail.

“I could have come out, but the inside wasn’t that bad … and, once I committed to going in, she just went straight past and won really well.

“After being off for the last month it was good for me to get the win.”

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