Fell Swoop To Race In Saturday’s Galaxy

Star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will take his place in Saturday’s 2017 Galaxy (1100m) Group 1 at Rosehill.

Trainer Matt Dale says Fell Swoop is fully recovered from the heel injury he received when knuckling out of the barrier in the Oakleigh Plate.

“We are very happy with him and a wet track won’t hurt,” Dale reported from the Canberra track this morning (Tuesday).

Dale has been tossing up between the Galaxy and the William Reid at Moonee Valley the following week — and the Galaxy choice indicates the Not A Single Doubt gelding will be presented at best.

Dale says his tough mare Rocket Commander may head to Melbourne following her dogged win in the Group 3 2017 Wenona Girl Quality at Randwick on a heavy surface.

“We will nominate her for the Sunline at Moonee Valley on Friday week and Emancipation at Rosehill the next day.

“Where we go will depend on the other nominations and the state of the respective tracks.

“We backed her up in the Wenona because she’s tough and honest and handles the wet.

“She has come though the race well and we have a really good handle on her now.”

Dale was delighted with the run of Hermosa Beach in the National Sprint at Canberra on Black Opal day.

“She was set for it and we thought it was a good opportunity for her to get black type,” he says.

“She ran out of her skin and was unlucky not to finish top-three. Horses like Happy Clapper wouldn’t usually compete in National and it changed the weight structure. We were up against horses we’d usually get weight off.”

Hermosa Beach has been nominated for Saturday’s 2017 Birthday Card Stakes Group 3 at Rosehill (1200m), and Dale says he’ll see how she sits.

“She has now won six races and is beyond the provincial series and is a little bit tricky to place. But a wet track suits.”

Dale’s up-and-coming 3yos have gone to the paddock including Super Star Bob.

“Super Star Bob is a big raw product and is a horse that will improve with time.

“That’s why we didn’t press on the Canberra Guineas.

“We think the conservative approach will pay dividends. He’ll run a strong mile possibly third-up, and I think he definitely has Saturday grade potential at least.”