Matt Dale’s Fell Swoop Sharp In Rosehill Trial
Canberra-trained star Fell Swoop has impressed in an Open trial at Rosehill this morning (Tuesday).
It was Fell Swoop’s second barrier trial as he prepares for his spring campaign in Melbourne.
Trainer Matthew Dale has the classy five-year-old sprinter set to resume in the G2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on October 8.
Fell Swoop was rested after a long campaign last season that saw him race in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from February through to May.
After rising through the classes with eight wins from his first 10 starts, Fell Swoop took the step into top grade in his stride last preparation when he was twice placed at G1 level in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield and TJ Smith (1200m) at Randwick — before winning the G2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben in April.
Dale spelled Fell Swoop after he finished sixth in the Doomben Ten Thousand (12540m) in May in his first attempt at a distance longer than 1200m.
Dale has been focused on the Melbourne spring with Fell Swoop since the Brisbane campaign and is using Sydney trials to prepare the sprinter for his southern engagements.
Fell Swoop had his first trial over 806m at Warwick Farm on September 9 where his rider Hugh Bowman allowed him to settle back in the field and put him under no pressure as he worked to the line to finish a soft sixth behind Ball Of Muscle.
Today (Tuesday) Fell Swoop was given a sterner test by Bowman against quality opposition making a sharp move mid-trial and cruising to the line just astern of the Hawkes-trained God’s In Him and Dark Steel from the Snowden yard.