Dale Set To Unleash Fury At Caulield

Jul 24, 2015

Brad Waters-Racenet: Her trainer's mastering the art of travelling horses gives the Canberra filly Northern Fury the chance to remain unbeaten in Saturday's Aaron Barnett Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield.

Canberra horseman Matthew Dale has refined his travel procedures and the effort has helped the trainer to a career-best tally of 52 winners this season.

"It (travel) is something we're exploring more and more year by year and once you get the logistics of it right, then it gets easier and easier," Dale said.

"We take horses anywhere and we're happy to come down to Melbourne whenever it suits. We don't mind travelling them if they are well placed to win.

"It's the first season we've had over 50 winners but we've also done it at a strike rate of one in four or something like that so everything is going along nicely."

Northern Fury is one of two horses Dale will send to Caulfield on Saturday with her stud-bound stablemate Bring A Ring to contest the Mypunter.com Join Today Handicap (1200m).

Northern Fury has won her two starts at Wagga on slow and heavy tracks with Jeff Penza in the saddle but Dale said the search for firmer ground was one of the reasons he decided to run the filly at Caulfield.

"It's her last opportunity to race her against her own age and sex and the likelihood of a very heavy track at Wagga or anywhere up this way at the moment made us consider this race," Dale said.

The barrier draw has been kind to Northern Fury after the daughter of the late Northern Meteor drew barrier two in the $80,000 event, in which apprentice Damien Thornton's claim will take her weight down to 52.5kg.

"She drew well and the track is going to be a lot firmer so it looks a very nice race for her," Dale said. "She's well placed down on the minimum against her own age and sex.

"She hasn't gone backwards at home. She's come on a bit since and warrants heading down there."

Northern Fury is a $10 chance in the latest Ladbrokes market on the Aaron Barnett Handicap.