Fell Swoop Primed for 2016 The Galaxy

March 16th, 2016

Trainer Matt Dale is thrilled with the condition of stable star Fell Swoop in the lead-up to Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens but concedes the gelding faces a big task in overcoming the talent-rich and capacity field.

Fell Swoop is primed for a big performance in Saturday's Group 1 The Galaxy at Rosehill Gardens. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Fell Swoop is primed for a big performance in Saturday’s Group 1 The Galaxy at Rosehill Gardens. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Fell Swoop has been a strong and consistent performer for Dale through his entire racing career so far; posting an impressive eight wins and two minors through only eleven starts since first appearing on course in 2014.

Jumping from the gates well in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up this time, Fell Swoop settled mid-field and experienced a good run in transit but was unlucky to be blocked for a run in the early stages of the final and finished an agonizingly-close second.

Dale was understandably thrilled with the performance for second in the Oakleigh Plate and told Racing Ahead the son of Not A Single Doubt has only improved from the run.

“It was probably too close to be honest,” Dale said.

“He was obviously strung up there for a number of strides on straightening, got out late and charged to the line.

“Very proud of the horse, his performance and he’s done well since so we’re looking forward to Saturday.

“He has come through it well. I think in the three trips he’s done to Melbourne now that’s the best he’s come through it.

“I had him ready and fit enough for first-up and he’s bounced straight through it and actually put on weight between runs which is a good sign.”

While pleased with Fell Swoop’s condition, Dale concedes he will have to find a particularly scintillating performance to overcome the likes of Terravista, Our Boy Malachi and Oakleigh Plate winner Flamberge in the 2016 The Galaxy.

“I haven’t seen the field yet and I think we’ll only just scrape in with the skin of our teeth and I think that’s evident of the depth of the race,” Dale said.

“This year I think The Galaxy is going to be as hard as ever in that it will be a well and truly full field and being two weeks before the TJ, a lot of horses have nominated this as their final lead-up.

“I rapt with my horse, very pleased with him. I’m confident in my horse but it’s a very deep race.”

Fell Swoop has been charged with carrying only 52.5kgs in The Galaxy, and will be partnered by leading hoop Brenton Avdulla from barrier 8.

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