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By Graham Potter | Saturday, August 13, 2022

On the first Saturday of the new season (August 6) Mark du Plessis had to settle for two second places aboard Demon Delivera, who chased to finish within a length of the highly rated Tony Gollan trained Spiritualised, and Ahika, who followed up her Maiden win with a game runner-up finish behind the useful, now six-time winner, Liza With A Zee.

A week later, at Eagle Farm on August 13, Du Plessis set that record straight, claiming victory on the Tony and Maddysen Sears trained Dynamic Duo, who scored in a No Metro Wins Handicap over 1000m.

The Not A Single Doubt gelding, who started second favourite at $4,60, landed in fourth spot but, with the speed coming through on his outside, Dynamic Dup quickly went back to seventh place and then was inconvenienced when finding himself in restricted galloping room after the field had covered 300m … not the ideal opening Du Plessis would have hoped for with Dynamic Duo jumping from barrier two.

Things didn’t really get any better on the turn where Dynamic Duo cornered three wide, with five runners spread across the track in front of him, but the upside was that the Sears trained runner was travelling well within himself.

Du Plessis kept Dynamic Duo on a straight line in the early part of the straight, before having to make a slight move outwards at the 200m mark, after which the chase was well and truly on as Dynamic Duo stated to charge home down the centre of the track, with two other swoopers in tow, and several runners still in contention along the inside.

But, the six-year-old gelding was in the process of building, impressive race winning momentum and, once Dynamic Duo hit the front coming through the 100m mark, and maintained the commitment that had got him there in the first place, the others, while staying close enough to keep Dynamic Duo honest, were really only racing for a share of the minor placings.

That’s four wins now for Dynamic Duo, with nine minor placings, and this latest win clicked his prize-money earnings up to the $150 000 mark.

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