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By Graham Potter | Friday, August 12, 2022

Jockey Mark Du Plessis has a very good relationship with the Barry Baldwin stable and they successfully plotted a path to another victory together when the lightly raced, but clearly more than useful Reeanon saluted in a Fillies And Mares Class 2 Plate over 1200m at Ipswich on August 12.

Reeanon, who was only having her fifth career start here (Du Plessis has been on her in every one of her races) had given early notice of her ability when kicking off her career with a debut win at Doomben on June 1.

In the three starts that followed that debut win (all in town), Reeanon added a second place (when just touched off by Chatty Lady in a QTIS Three-Year-Old Fillies Handicap over 1350m – Chatty Lady would frank that form by winning again next time out) and a third place (in the same class, but this time over 1200m) to her list of credits … so she certainly had the credentials to win coming into the Ipswich contest where she would start as the second favourite at $3.

Du Plessis rode Reeanon like she was the best horse in the race, initially pushing her forward to lead from a wide draw before settling down to dictate the course of events at a measured gallop with Du Plessis completely unfazed by the presence of Moreton Bay ($5.50), who was trying to annoy him on his outside, or the line of runners who were racing fairly close to Reeanon’s heels.

Reeanon held a half-length lead on Moreton Bay all through the sweep to the home turn, but the latter moved alongside the Baldwin trained runner on straightening, looking to apply real pressure, but Reeanon responded well to that threat, edging away into a narrow lead which she was good enough to maintain all the way down the straight, in spite of the fact that Moreton Bay kept trying hard and just wouldn’t go away.

The winning margin on the line was 0.50 lengths and Reeanon had her second career victory in the bank.

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Reeanon and Du Plessis ... pictured after her debut win
Reeanon and Du Plessis ... pictured after her debut win
Mark Du Plessis and Barry Baldwin ... a really good relationship

Photos: Graham Potter
Mark Du Plessis and Barry Baldwin ... a really good relationship

Photos: Graham Potter
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