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FOLLOW MARK DU PLESSIS

By Graham Potter | Wednesday, June 1, 2022

FOLLOW MARK DU PLESSIS

A winning double at Doomben on June 1 provided jockey Mark Du Plessis with a very welcome success.

“It was needed, let me tell you,”admitted Du Plessis, who has had a frustrating time lately over the Queensland Winter Carnival during which most of the prime rides went to visiting jockeys.

But apart from the satisfaction the two gave him, Du Plessis had someone else first and foremost in his mind.

“Today especially, having a good day was important, and I would like to dedicate this to an old mentor of mine, Brian Muscutt, who sadly passed away yesterday in the UK,” said Du Plessis.

“Mr Muscutt was also like a father-figure to me and, as I say, I would like to dedicate these two to him. I didn’t mention it in the post-race interview because it would have been a bit difficult to say. Read more ...

DU PLESSIS DEDICATES HIS DOUBLE TO BRIAN MUSCUTT (JUNE 1)
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Mark Du Plessis completed a race to race double at Doomben on June 1 when, after saluting on Reeanon in the third race, he came out and won race four on Kipling’s Journey for the training partnership of Peter and Will Hulbert.

That race was a BM65 Handicap over 2040 metres in which Kipling’s Journey started as a $3.10 favourite on the back of a promising runner-up finish in his previous start over 2150m in a Three-Year-Old Handicap over 2010m on the Poly Track at the Sunshine Coast.

This time Kipling’s Journey, who put a Maiden victory behind his name back in December, would make no mistake in securing win number two. Read more ...

KIPLING'S JOURNEY FOLLOWS A WINNING PATH (JUNE 1)

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By his own honest admission, Mark Du Plessis needed a winner and, as is so often the case when a dry run comes to an end, it didn’t end with one winner, but with two, as Du Plessis landed a double on the first day of June.

Reeanon, who was on debut, provided the first strike for Du Plessis.

Trainer Barry Baldwin had been very patient with the daughter Scissor Kick.

Reeanon did not race as a two-year-old and she had two trials very much apart (on October 26, 2021, and March 15, 2022) before being set up for her debut outing which came in a QTIS Three-Year-Old Fillies Maiden Plate over 1200m. Read more ...

REEANON GIVES MARK DU PLESSIS THE FIRST LEG OF A DOUBLE AT DOOMBEN (JUNE 1)

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The Queensland Winter Carnival means different things to different people.

For jockeys, like Mark Du Plessis, who are not linked directly to any big stables, the race for rides becomes a really uneven contest during this time with many local jockeys becoming collateral damage in that regard due to the significant influx of the southern raiders. Read more ...

WINTER CARNIVAL TIME - IT MEANS DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE (MAY30)

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It is a tough gig being a jockey.

Apart from the obvious demands on a jockey’s lifestyle … the fitness requirements, burdened as it usually is by dietary restrictions and of course the dangers inherent in being asked to guide and control a 500kg racehorse at speed when racing at close quarters with other runners … there is also the simple human trait that affects all of us in one way or another - Confidence!

Confidence is one of a jockey’s prime weapons … but, like you and me, it is not something that can be forced or faked. You either genuinely have it or you don’t, and it can legitimately come and go in waves depending on the adverse or favourable circumstances that apply at the time.Read more ...

TOUGHING IT OUT ... DOING WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO (MAY28)

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A week after winning on the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Major Artie on the opening day of the Queensland Winter Carnival at Eagle Farm, jockey Mark Du Plessis scored a second carnival winner when guiding Stardome to victory in the Gold Coast Cup over 2400m at Aquis Park on May 7.

This made Du Plessis one of only three riders (with Jimmy Orman and Ben Thompson) to ride winners at both of the first two carnival fixtures.Read more

ANOTHER CARNIVAL WINNER FOR DU PLESSIS (MAY 7)

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Mark Du Plessis guided home seven winners for six different trainers during the month of April … a satisfactory return for his first month back in the saddle after short break and ankle surgery.

The trainer he won twice for was Shaun Dwyer … and both of those successes came aboard the Tycoon Ruler gelding Last Chance.

“I’ve only had those two rides for Shaun Dwyer,” said Du Plessis. “I’d obviously heard a lot about Shaun before. He was training here when I first came to Australia in 2007 … then he went to Melbourne and now he has come back.

“He is very easy to ride for … I know I can say that because I’ve had two rides and two wins for him … and he is obviously a very good trainer.

“You do need a bit of luck, but to get an older horse like Last Chance into that winning frame of mind like Shaun has done is really a testament to how well he looks after his horses. Read more

DU PLESSIS: A SATISFACTORY SET OF RESULTS FOR APRIL (APR 30)

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Five weeks after resuming riding following surgery to his ankle, Mark Du Plessis is happy with the way the ankle is standing up to the rigours of race riding.

Any surgery is a surgery, so a good outcome is seldom fully guaranteed, but Du Plessis is happy to report the positive progress that he has been made over the last month.

“The ankle was very sensitive for probably the first thirty or forty rides,” acknowledged Du Plessis, “but that was expected. The surgeon said that was going to happen.
“Now it just feels a lot better.

‘They did a great job.”

Du Plessis has also been following a gym routine he started when he took that short break away from racing, and that activity is serving him well on a number of levels.Read more

FIGHTING FIT AND RARING TO GO (APR 30)
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Stradbroke Season … six Saturdays of Carnival Racing in Brisbane … kicked off at Eagle Farm on April 30 and the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Major Artie and jockey Mark Du Plessis were the first to claim a spot on the scoreboard when winning the opening event on the card, an Open Handicap over 1825m.

The four-year-old son of Artie Schiller started a $2.30 favourite, but he had yet to win beyond 1600m and was stepping up in class as well having his first run on the Eagle Farm track, factors which Du Plessis had to take into account when plotting his race strategy.

Having said that, Du Plessis made his intentions clear from the very first stride, jumping Major Artie into an immediate lead, a position he retained at a comfortable gallop going down the back stretch a length-and-a-half ahead of Trevelyan ($5.50) who had crossed to settle in second spot.

Du Plessis continued to rate his horse well in front all through the sweep to the home turn and, when the attacks started to come just before straightening, Du Plessis, likewise, started given his mount more rein.

IT'S MAJOR ARTIE ALL THE WAY (APR 30)

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In spite of being a last start track and distance winner, the Shaun Dwyer trained Last Chance was roundly neglected in the betting, starting as the joint second longest priced runner at odds of $21 in the eleven-horse field.

In that pervious win … in an Open Quality Handicap over the 1350m trip on sift going … Last Chance ($18) showed great commitment in a pressurised finish under a determined and focussed ride from Mark Du Plessis to claim no less than his sixteenth career success (from fifty starts).

This time Last Chance dropped in class to a BM90 Handicap over 1350m … and there were seemingly some good reasons for punters to question his ability.

Being down in class was fine, but it came with a jump in weight from 52.5kg to 59.5kg. A wide draw, which Last Chance dealt with very well last time, was again a possible complicating factor here … and then there was the fact that Last Chance would be racing on a heavy track for the first time.

But Last Chance and Du Plessis proved the doubters wrong! Read more ...

LAST CHANCE MAKES IT BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES, AGAIN SCORING AT LONG ODDS (APR 23)

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In his two previous rides for trainer Chris Munce since turning to riding following a short break, Mark Du Plessis had claimed a second and a third place, both on the five-year-old mare Valley Of Dreams.

This time, when the two-year-old, Spirit Of Boom colt Allude stepped back into race action in a QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap over 1000m at Eagle Farm on April 16, the Munce / Du Plessis team would take no prisoners.

Allude was first-up here, resuming for the first time in three months after being spelled following his two race first preparation which included a debut run in no lesser company than the Group 3 B J McLachlan Stakes … a race won by subsequent Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner Coolangatta.

Allude finished 5.10 lengths back that day at a starting price of $101 before coming out and running third to another Magic Millions contender in Mishani Spartan at the Gold Coast on January 8 where he started at odds of $20.

There were no such favours on the betting boards this time around though with Allude being firmly entrenched as second favourite at $4.80 behind the $2.10 favourite Glamborgini. Read more ...

THIS COULD BE ONE FOR THE NOTEBOOK (APR 16)

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Just as he had done the weekend before, jockey Mark Du Plessis followed up a Saturday winner with a winner at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

It came in the opening race on the card … a QTIS Two-Year-Old Maiden Plate over 1400m … in which Du Plessis partnered the Peter Lindeberg trained Better Strings in a small field of only four runners.

The betting told one story and the race told a completely different story.

Better Strings’ three opponents filled the top three places on the betting boards … Roadtrip was posted at $2.15, Paienbara ($3.10) and Classique Gal ($3.90). Better Strings seemed to be almost an afterthought at $11,00, a full seven points behind any other runner!

But you know what they say … the smaller the field …. Read more

THE SMALLER THE FIELD ... (APR 10)

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When a horse gets up in a super pressurised finish where less than two lengths covers the first eight runners across the line, you know that both horse and jockey has done well.

When you add in the fact that the winner jumped from a number eleven barrier draw and that the $18 odds about his chances suggested that punters were not expecting too much from the horse, the taste of victory becomes even more sweeter.

That was the story of the Shaun Dwyer trained Last Chance and jockey Mark Du Plessis, whose efforts prevailed in a thriller when taking out an Open Quality Handicap over 1350m at Doomben on April 9. read more ...

LAST CHANCE PREVAILS IN A THRILLER (APR 9)

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In his first nine days back in the saddle there was a satisfying demand for Du Plessis’ services.

The nineteen rides Du Plessis had from March 26 until April 3 originated from no less than sixteen trainers … to all of which Du Plessis acknowledges a debt of gratitude at this important stage of his career. Read more ...

"I'll JUST HAVE TO KEEP WORKING HARD" (APR 3)

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A day after saluting on Tyresa under the Metropolitan spotlight, Du Plessis was at it again winning on the Stewart Mackinnon trained Mikki Rose in a QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast.

Just like Tyresa, Mikki Rose, who drew some support to start at $6.50, also had a short-priced favourite to contend with … this time in the form of Jamaican Rumba who jumped at the restrictive odds of $1.28.

Jamaican Rumba took up the running from the break, but Du Plessis had no intention of allowing the favourite free rein at the front and he set Mikki Rose about tracking the leader with some meaning, lurking just over a length back on the favourite’s outside, just letting him know he was there. Read more ...

'LITTLE BALL OF MUSCLE' MIKKI ROSE UPSETS SHORT-PRICED FAVOURITE AT THE SUNSHINE COAST (APR 3)

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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.Read More ...

PROMISING 2YO TYRESA SCORES A STRONG WIN (APR 2)

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Mark Du Plessis returned to race riding on March 26 at Doomben.

Du Plessis had been out of action since last riding on February 23, using his time out to undergo surgery on a troublesome ankle issue which had been bothering him for some time … and also to undertake a body strength and conditioning program to help his fitness reach and stay at the peak level of performance required from any jockey wanting to compete at the top level of their profession.Read more ...

DU PLESSIS RETURNS AFTER A MONTH'S BREAK (APR 1)

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It has been said, many times, that somebody is going to come back ‘bigger and better’ after a break, but the difference between those who conquer that challenge and those who simply talk about it, is the hard yards that have to be followed if that goal is to be achieved.

Jockey Mark Du Plessis, for one, is currently putting in that special, extra effort required to meet those demands and he looks to be very much on the right road to meet his target as he nears a return to the saddle a month after having his last race ride at the Sunshine Coast on February 26.

In his time off, Du Plessis has focussed are two primary fitness issues. Read more ...

MARK DU PLESSIS - MARK II. GETTING READY TO RUMBLE (MAR 22)

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Reeanon
Reeanon
Du Plessis on the presentation podium after his win on Stardome (pictured below) in the Gold Coast Cup
Du Plessis on the presentation podium after his win on Stardome (pictured below) in the Gold Coast Cup
Du Plessis wins on Major Artie ... his first ever ride for Gai Waterhouse
Du Plessis wins on Major Artie ... his first ever ride for Gai Waterhouse
Keeping those winners rolling. Du Plessis looking suitably pleased with himself after guiding Last Chance (pictured below) to back toi back wins
Keeping those winners rolling. Du Plessis looking suitably pleased with himself after guiding Last Chance (pictured below) to back toi back wins
Du Plessis ... very happy with the winning effort of Allude (above and below)
Du Plessis ... very happy with the winning effort of Allude (above and below)
Du Plessis brings Last Chance back to scale
Du Plessis brings Last Chance back to scale
Better Strings ... from last to first
Better Strings ... from last to first
Mikki Rose
Mikki Rose
Enjoying Tyresa's Metropolitan win (pictured below) with trainer Kelly schweida
Enjoying Tyresa's Metropolitan win (pictured below) with trainer Kelly schweida
Photos: Graham Potter and Darren Winningham
Photos: Graham Potter and Darren Winningham
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