Fell To Swoop On Rosehill

Feb 12, 2015

Source: Racing and Sports;

Trained by Matthew Dale, the son of Not A Single Doubt has proven most impressive this time in, saluting with ease at all three appearances.

Having only been narrowly beaten on debut, Fell Swoop [Horseform] has since made sharp progression off a break, winning his last three starts by a combined margin of 12 lengths.

"You are always slightly guarded, you don't like to get too ahead of yourself," Dale said.

"The ease at which he puts a gap on them and shuts down late, is what makes him so impressive."

Though facing his toughest test last start, Fell Swoop again made light work of his rivals, with the clock also backing up the strength of his performance.

Fell Swoop was marked two lengths inside standard and comparatively three lengths quicker than anything else on the day.

Filled with confidence, Dale will now look to raise the bar again, with the three-year-old.

"He's come through the run well and at this stage we will head to Rosehill in two weeks, for a 3YO NNW race 1200m," Dale said.

"I think the step up in trip will suit, he's got a nice cruising speed and just the way he lengthens, he races like a horse that will be better at 1200m than 1000m.

"I know it's hard to say following his dominant wins, but he really does race like a horse who will be better out over six [furlongs]."

While clearly heading in the right direction, Dale still remains slightly reserved with his prospects.

"It's always tough at this time of year to kick off in mid-week company, you'd expect there will be some really nice horses heading that way, en route to some Group races," Dale said.

"It should provide us with a good guide as just to where he sits."

Using Timeform ratings, Fell Swoop has improved nine pounds since his maiden win and remains one of the more exciting prospects in the Nation's Capital.

"You'd be hard pressed finding a more exciting horse in our area, so he is definitely the most exciting horse in my stable," Dale said.

"To charge through the grades and improve like he has, there is no theoretical roof on the these sort of horses.

"You don't know where they'll end up, one step at a time obviously, but he is clearly heading in the right direction."