Fell Swoop produces gutsy run but gets swept up in Thermal Current
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Fell Swoop produces gutsy run but gets swept up in Thermal Current

If Fell Swoop isn't back to his best, then he's getting close after a typically gutsy run.

The Canberra gelding finished fifth in the listed Absolut Stakes (1000 metres) at Flemington on Oaks Day, where he wasn't helped by his inside barrier draw.

Fell Swoop, far right, finishes fifth in the Absolut Stakes, behind Thermal Current.

Fell Swoop, far right, finishes fifth in the Absolut Stakes, behind Thermal Current.Credit:AAP Image/David Crosling

Barrier one put him on the most cut-up part of Flemington on Thursday, with all three winners of the sprints down the straight able to get closer to the better ground on the outside rail.

The Matthew Dale-trained seven-year-old ($17) was less than a length behind winner Thermal Current, having been right in the race up until the final few metres.

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Fell Swoop has struggled since finishing last in the inaugural Everest (1200m) last year.

Victorian trainer Darren Weir praised jockey Craig Williams after Thermal Current make a long overdue return to winning form.

Williams produced Thermal Current ($41) on the outside rail to win by a short-neck from Kaepernick ($8) with I'll Have A Bit ($41) a half-head away third.

"It was some ride," Weir said.

"He'd been running well and I was happy to have him in the race but he was 40/1 for a reason.

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"When they get older they don't have many turns and we're happy that's he's won a race."

Thursday's victory was the eight-year-old's first since winning at Caulfield in February last year.

That success followed victory over Thursday's course and distance the previous month.

Weir said Thermal Current can be a difficult ride as his finishing burst needs to be well-timed.

"If you wait and get it right, he's got that sharp little sprint," Weir said.

"Getting back on the straight, getting out wide, timing the run perfectly, it worked today and Craig's got his eye in.

"He's only got to win one race a prep and he's done that today.

"He's picked up some prizemoney and paid for another couple of preps." with AAP

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.