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Fell Swoop Ready For Black-Type Debut
Trainer Matthew Dale says that Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop (Not a Single Doubt-Touched in Flight, by Fasliyev) will step up to stakes company at his next start after scoring another impressive win at Randwick on Saturday. The progressive 4YO Not A Single Doubt gelding took his record to 6 wins from 8 starts when posting a slick time of 56.79 seconds in a benchmark 85 race over 1000m. Dale said Fell Swoop's next assignment would either be the Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on 5 September, or a Listed race at Moonee Valley on the same day (Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes day). "We were rapt with his performance. There was probably a little bit less x factor there on Saturday coming back from a wet track 1100m win to firmer ground over 1000m...but I thought it was a super run under the circumstances," Dale told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "He came through the race as well as he has come through any of his runs, so I'm very pleased with him. I took him out for a light trot and canter this morning [Monday] and he felt great." Dale added: "We will consider the Concorde if the rain is about but if it was a really firm track I would look at the Listed race at Moonee Valley on the same day." Dale said that because Fell Swoop was still maturing as a racehorse he would be restricted to a light campaign with a view to targeting some of the feature sprints in the autumn. "I don't want to push him too far this spring but he has earned a crack at a better race," Dale said. "I think there are probably another two runs in him this spring which will be a light spring, then we'll give him a nice break and bring him back for the autumn."