Fell Swoop Pressing On To 2016 Doomben 10,000

Canberra trainer Matt Dale is more than happy with his classy sprinter Fell Swoop following the gelding’s “nightmare run” in Saturday’s Group 1 BTC Cup at Doomben.

Dale says Fell Swoop pulled up “really well” and has followed that through since.

“He’s bright and eating well and will press on to the Doomben 10,000 on Saturday week,” Dale says.

“The horse is now looking to settle and obviously Doomben is a very sharp 1200m.

“He got posted from the wide gate and you can’t be three and four wide and without cover at weight-for-age around Doomben and get away with it — and we didn’t.

“He did a great job to go down a length and a half and be strong on the line and I think he is looking for the 1350m.

“I’d prefer him on a bigger track, but it is what it is and he’s had a good look around Doomben now and he just needs a gate.”

Dale says he is mindful Fell Swoop has been up for a while and he would have no hesitation in spelling him if he thought for a minute he had trained off.

Fell Swoop remains at northern NSW trainer Matt Dunn’s complex at Murwillumbah and Dale has staff with the horse.

“I spent the week leading into the BTC Cup with him and I will head back up on the weekend.

“The horse is so relaxed and has seasoned-up and settled down at lot — and is really getting good benefit out of his trip away.

“It is very relaxing up there and that is what we were going for — and Matt and Keira Dunn are looking after us very well and it is much appreciated.”   

The Doomben 10,000 is Queensland’s premier Group 1 weight-for-age sprint and has been won by horses the like of Hot Danish, Apache Cat, Bel Esprit and Takeover Target.