NARROW WIN FOR FELL SWOOP IN VICTORY STAKES
Canberra-Trained Four-Year-Old Set For Brisbane Group One Sprints
Short-priced Victory Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) favourite Fell Swoop (Not A Single Doubt) had to work harder than most expected for the Group Two win, but trainer Matthew Dale and jockey Jay Ford were full of admiration for the gelding.
Runner-up at Group One level twice this campaign, Fell Swoop ($1.50 favourite) settled third behind leaders Didntcostalot (Danerich) and Pinch River (Denman) in the Victory Stakes with Ford forced to push out wider in the Doomben straight than he wanted to when making his run.
Fell Swoop dug deep late to win by almost half a length from Didntcostalot and third-placed Artlee (Excellent Art), who settled last in the eight-horse field before running home strongly to finish one and a quarter lengths from the winner.
Fell Swoop ran 1.09.02 for the 1200 metres and recorded a last 600 metre time of 34.05 seconds on the Good4 track.
“I told Jay not to get into a speed battle if anything else wanted to go with Didntcostalot,” Canberra-based Dale said. “When Pinch River went forward Jay was able to get a sit and but then had to come in the less preferred part of the track.
“I thought he did very well and dug deep to beat a horse who can run very fast time. My horse is still learning and he will take a lot of benefit from the run. It was his first time to Doomben and the experience will have done him the world of good.”
Ford said once Pinch River pushed up outside Didntcostalot, he did not want Fell Swoop to end up in a speed battle.