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By Graham Potter | Friday, June 17, 2022

Mark Du Plessis was back in the winner’s enclosure on June 17 when piloting the Chris Munce trained Delyth to a facile win in a Class 2 Plate over 1200m.

A lightly raced four-year-old, Delyth had shed her maiden ticket in her previous start over 1200m in heavy going after showing steady progress with a third and then a second place in the two starts before that … and she took the next step in style here under a confident ride by Du Plessis.

For the first time in her last three starts Delyth (the $2.50 favourite) drew a good barrier and that proved useful as Du Plessis landed Delyth just off the speed, although he did have to keep pushing the daughter of Spill The Beans out, to a degree, to ensure that she held the rail position going down the back stretch and, although more relaxed in the sweep to the home turn, Du Plessis still had to be very vigilant as Delyth was now racing fairly tight, right on the heels of the leaders.

Delyth was clearly full of running coming to the home turn and, although she was held up briefly on straightening, once a gap appeared, she needed no second asking.

Faced with clear air she lengthened her stride and surged forward in-between the early leaders Mozart’s Rival (who was kicking on) and Soul Spirit (who had run her race and was now falling away) … with the biggest threat to Delyth now looking to be the $21 outsider Keeta.

Keeta, an easy to spot grey, had raced just to the outside of Delyth for most of the trip and had made a similar forward move to Delyth, taking aim down the centre of the track.

Keeta, in fact, got first run on Delyth, but that quickly became an uneven contest once Du Plessis started taking the Munce trained runner through her gears, with Delyth ultimately running right away from all of her opposition to score by a widening 3.80 length margin.

The win underlined the positive rate of improvement that Delyth has been showing and she has now won two of her five career starts and also has two minor placings to her credit.

Earlier in the day Du Plessis had claimed two close-up third placings aboard Port Mourant and Ahika, both Shaun Dwyer trained runners … and later in the day he also brought the Barry Baldwin trained Puntura home in fourth place … thus continuing his productive relationship with these two stables.

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