Kids give horse the hard Fell

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest - CHRIS HAR­RIS

FELL Swoop is a fierce com­peti­tor on the track but away from the spot­light of rac­ing he’s a dif­fer­ent beast.

Amy Dale, the wife of the cham­pion horse’s trainer Matt Dale, said Fell Swoop had a real soft spot for chil­dren.

“We went down there on the week­end with the kids, usu­ally the kids feed him some grass,” she said. “The horse re­sponds re­ally well to the kids — they can be quite flighty with the adults, they’re re­ally gen­tle with the kids.”

The rags to riches race­horse was bought for a bar­gain $45,000 and has since racked up win­nings of $1.6 mil­lion in prize­money. And since Fell Swoop was se­lected for a spot in the $10 mil­lion Ever­est the en­tire Dale fam­ily and “all of Can­berra” has got be­hind him.

The horse might be a long shot to­day ($51) but Ms Dale said son Billy, 3, will be cheer­ing on Fell Swoop on dad Matt no mat­ter what as he is their No.1 fan.

“He has been miss­ing his dad a bit, he has been say­ing, ‘Daddy daddy race’ for the last few days,” she said.

Bella, Billy and Amelie Dale.

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