Du Plessis

Du Plessis bats all day, saves test on debut

South Africa's Faf du Plessis. Photo: AP

Faf du Plessis was so nervous before his first test innings for South Africa that he slipped out of one of his boots walking toward the field and was afraid he might get timed out before he’d had a chance to bat.

Tuesday, 27 November, 2012, 9:07am

With all the gear off, Medallist makes most of his second chance

Medallist hadn't even had a race six days earlier when everything possible went wrong with his gear, but it was all forgotten as the David Hall-trained three-year-old ran out a comfortable winner of the Beas River Handicap (1,800m).

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Happy Guys has them smiling again

An upset feature win on Happy Guys was part of a double for Mark du Plessis at Happy Valley last night, the lightweight hoop revealing afterwards he will leave the full-time riding ranks at the end of this season.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Du Plessis double a timely reminder of his rich talents

Mark du Plessis had some nervous moments in both legs of a double and the timing of his winning day was perfect, arriving at a key stage of the season with jockey departures soon to open opportunities for the natural lightweight.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fownes makes noises from banana lounge

Trainer Caspar Fownes almost caused an international incident riding home Lucky Nine in the final event - from a banana lounge in Bali.

2 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

All guts and glory from Fownes as Ocean Wide blows rivals out the water

Caspar Fownes took the 'no guts, no glory' approach to the CSL Happy Valley Million Challenge and emerged with the big prize last night when Ocean Wide resumed from a 42 day break to blow all would-be rivals out of the water.

26 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Stipes slap Doyle with two-meeting ban for careless riding

British jockey Brett Doyle will miss two meetings from the middle of this month after pleading guilty to careless riding yesterday.

The retained rider for Andy Leung Ting-wah was having an outside ride for Sean Woods when he fell foul of the stewards on Fantastic Dancer in the Sha Tin Wai Handicap (race three) and London Express was checked in the straight.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Du Plessis not content with being bridesmaid

Mark du Plessis was keen to make a positive early impression in his three-month stint in Hong Kong and indeed he has, although his winning ambition is getting slightly offended at an extraordinary run of second placings.

17 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Springbok great sees a great future for simplified code

Legendary South Africa captain Morne du Plessis firmly believes sevens is the format to 'take rugby to the people' and will soon become an Olympic sport.

Du Plessis, one of South Africa's greatest players and leaders, said on the first day of the sevens that the abbreviated form of the game was the best means to promote rugby around the world.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am