Fell Swoop To Go Back To Back
Jan 22, 2015
Promising galloper Fell Swoop appears well placed to notch up back to back victories at Canberra on Friday, when set to contest the third event.
Trained by Matthew Dale, the son of Not A Single Doubt lived up to his heavy market support first up, when easily disposing of his rivals at Thoroughbred Park.
Leading throughout on that occasion, Fell Swoop took full advantage of a moderate tempo, when reeling off a slick closing sectional to win by over three lengths.
"I think he is relatively well placed tomorrow, small field and the same track and distance as his first up win," Dale said.
"He obviously doesn't look to dictate the race as easily as he did the other day, but I don't think he is one dimensional and can take a sit off the speed if required."
One of two last start winners engaged, Fell Swoop holds a key fitness edge, with five of his eight rivals resuming.
Currently rated a Soft 6, Dale felt any further rain wouldn't harm Fell Swoop's chances.
"If the rain does come, I think it will aid his chances, given he is maybe looking for a bit further and does hold a fitness edge over a majority of his rivals," Dale said.
"I think it is a good race for him to progress in, though my gut feeling is that he will be looking for further at his next start."
Stepping out for just his third start, Dale claimed he is still quite raw and has good scope for improvement.
"He's still a raw product and although his win was very good the other day, he's still learning how to put his feet down," Dale said.
"At this stage we'll just take him through his grades and reassess after tomorrow and go from there."
Dale will also saddle up both Shadow Affair and Alagonia, with the latter proving most impressive, when breaking through for his maiden win at Wagga last start.
Improving filly Shadow Affair stuck on well behind the progressive Luxury last start and while drawn awkwardly, Dale felt she is heading in the right direction.
"I've got in-form progressive horses like Fell Swoop and Tiger Eyes and then Alagonia coming off a good strong first up win," Dale said.
"Shadow Affair was also very good fresh, so I've got a number of good chances at Canberra tomorrow, I don't have a stand-out and I'm just really looking forward to seeing how the day pans out."