Fell Swoop Wins NSW Country Horse Of The Year

Aug 22, 2016

Canberra's Fell Swoop topped off a break-out year for Matt Dale's stable, winning the NSW Country Horse of the Year on Thursday night.

Dale was among illustrious company at the awards ceremony at Royal Randwick as superstars Winx and Chautauqua won Horse of the Year and Sprinter of the Year respectively.  

"It was a privilege to have a horse nominated," said Dale. "A good night to be involved with and we're very honoured to take out one of the awards."

"Obviously Chautauqua is such a high class sprinter and Winx is probably the current race horse champion of Australia, so it's a good era to be racing particularly in NSW [and ACT]."  

Dale said the successes of Fell Swoop as well as Nick Olive's Single Gaze, who was also nominated in the same category, help to promote racing in the region.

"A good horse can be trained out of Canberra and I think over the last couple of years that is starting to be recognised, this award further helps to lift that profile of Canberra and Canberra as a training centre.

Form Summary:Fell Swoop

Season Starts:10

Wins: Victory Stakes (Group 2) – Doomben, Testa Rossa Stakes (Listed) – Caulfield, Chand Macleod Stakes (Listed) – Moonee Valley, Benchmark 85 – Randwick, Benchmark 75 – Rosehill.

Seconds: Oakleigh Plate Group 1 – Caulfield. T J Smith Group 1 – Randwick.

Season Prize Money $956,000