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Fell Swoop Primed For Manikato

Friday, 21st October 2016

Meanwhile, Canberra trainer Matthew Dale says Fell Swoop (Not a Single Doubt-Touched in Flight, by Fasliyev) has thrived in the lead up to tonight's Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. The Gr2 winner and multiple Gr1 placegetter comes into the $1 million sprint feature off the back of a fast finishing third behind Star Turn in the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. "He's very well and arrived in Melbourne safely this morning [Thursday]. His preparation this week has gone to plan so I'm looking forward to it," Dale told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "With a genuine tempo he should be able to get a nice drop just in behind them. With that barrier [3] it does give us some options. He took no ill effect from his first-up run and that was one of the big reasons why I decided to run in the Manikato. He'd just done so well...he's thrived, he's in good order." Dale said it does not concern him that Fell Swoop is the only horse in the race yet to win at the elite level. "He has well and truly acquitted himself at this level," he said. "He went down a nose in an Oakleigh Plate [Gr1] and ran second to Chautauqua in probably our greatest spring race, the TJ [Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes], so I have no qualms about him stepping up to this level." Following the Manikato, Dale said Fell Swoop would head to the Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on 5 November.

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