Fell Swoop Spelled For Two Weeks — Minor Issue

Classy Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop is having two weeks in the spelling paddock after experiencing a slight ligament issue in the Doomben 10,000.

Trainer Matt Dale says Fell Swoop was fine coming off the track and the problem was only detected the next day when he’d cooled down.

“It’s very minor, but it was a no brainer to spell him in Queensland for two weeks before commencing his preparation for the Everest,” Dale said.

“He was four or five wide and Doomben which made it impossible for him, but it was most unlike him not to put in at the finish.  

“Damian (jockey Damian Browne) said the horse didn’t want to stretch out and had suggested he may not have handled the going.”

Dale will have another runner in Queensland on Saturday with Hermosa Beach set to contest the Listed QA Hotel Bright Shadow (1200m) for fillies and mares at Doomben.

Hermosa Beach ran a slashing race in the strong National Sprint in Canberra before coming off a freshen to record a strong placing in the Wagga Town Plate.

“Hermosa Beach always has to be ridden for luck but has earned her trip to Queensland and to get the opportunity to make black type.”

Promising Dale galloper Hay Now will be looking to take the next step when he lines up in Saturday’s Highway Plate at Rosehill.

Hay Now has comfortably won both races this campaign at Canberra and Wagga.

On Monday, IL Bandito will compete for Dale in a CL1 at Goulburn coming off an impressive debut win and is bound to create plenty of interest.