Fell Swoop wins NSW Country Horse of the Year

Canberra trainer Matt Dale. Photo: Melissa Adams Fell Swoop in action. Photo: bradleyphotos苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛

Canberra’s Fell Swoop topped off a break-out year for Matt Dale’s stable, winning the NSW Country Horse of the Year on Thursday night.

Dale was among illustrious company at the awards ceremony at Royal Randwick as superstars Winx and Chautauqua won Horse of the Year and Sprinter of the Year respectively.

“It was a privilege to have a horse nominated,” said Dale. “A good night to be involved with and we’re very honoured to take out one of the awards.”

“Obviously Chautauqua is such a high class sprinter and Winx is probably the current race horse champion of Australia, so it’s a good era to be racing particularly in NSW [and ACT].”

Dale said the successes of Fell Swoop as well as Nick Olive’s Single Gaze, who was also nominated in the same category, help to promote racing in the region.

“A good horse can be trained out of Canberra and I think over the last couple of years that is starting to be recognised, this award further helps to lift that profile of Canberra and Canberra as a training centre.

“Success breeds success in nearly any game but certainly in horse racing. It should only further attract high quality horses to be trained out of Canberra.”

Fell Swoop is on track to resume for a tilt at further success in the Spring.

“He’ll still only have two or three runs in the Spring. We’ll run him in the Schillaci Stakes [Caulfield October 8] and then finalise his plans from there based on how he goes and how he comes through.

“The big sprint races are on the cards and culminate in looking at the Darley sprint up the straight on the final day of the Flemington Carnival.”

Of his next crop of emerging talent, Dale said he was impressed with Yasnat’s recent run of form and is focusing on developing and attracting more juveniles to his stable.

“Yasnat’s gone for a spell, she had a great preparation having won three of her four starts. She raced through the grades so she’s gone for a well deserved break now and should be back in about a month’s time.

“I’m just waiting for my next young horses to progress through the ranks, I’ve got a lot of nice young horses coming through.

“You’re always on the look out for the next above average one, but at this stage Fell Swoop is the only one who is locked in to be heading to the spring.”

Fell Swoop was also nominated for Sprinter of the Year, while Single Gaze was also nominated for Country Horse of the Year as well as Queen of the Autumn.

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