2016 Stradbroke Handicap an Option for Fell Swoop

April 5th, 2016

Fell Swoop has returned to racing in particularly scintillating form this time and could travel north for an appearance in the 2016 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm, according to trainer Matt Dale.

Fell Swoop may target the 2016 Stradbroke Handicap following a strong autumn preparation. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Fell Swoop may target the 2016 Stradbroke Handicap following a strong autumn preparation. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Fell Swoop was given little chance of success in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up on February 27th but produced an impressive late charge to savage the line for an agonizingly-close second.

Luckless in transit in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) on March 19th, the Not A Single Doubt gelding weaved through the field to finish a credible fourth and arguably at his most impressive last time when second to standout sprinter Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

Dale underlined the 2016 Stradbroke Handicap as a possible target for his stable star prior to his autumn resumption and confirmed the race is still well within consideration.

“Brisbane has been on the radar for him but we will have a talk about what to do next,” Dale told AAP.

“He is only lightly raced and still has a lot of maturing to do.

“He is not seasoned enough yet but is getting there and he ran out of his skin.

“We will look long and hard at what we do.”

Hong Kong-based hoop Zac Purton partnered Fell Swoop in the TJ Smith Stakes and is confident the horse will only improve from the run.

“Mid-race for some reason he grabbed the bit and wanted to get going,” Purton said.

“Matty didn’t want me to fight him too much and he said to just go with the flow.

“It was a very good effort.”

Fell Swoop has been a strong and consistent performer for Dale through his entire racing career so far; posting a commendable eight wins and three minors through only thirteen competitive starts.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early 2016 Stradbroke Handicap odds, for which Fell Swoop can be taken at a generous quote of $11 for success.