Halvorsen seeks third win in Standish Handicap

Halvorsen seeks third win in Standish Handicap

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Halvorsen desires to set a brand new document in Flemington summer season characteristic movie

Griffiths & De Kock skilled sprinter Halvorsen goals to be the primary horse to win this race. Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) in Flemington Saturday.

Halvorsen is the definition of a Flemington skilled, with 5 of his 9 profession victories coming from the observe and, remarkably, he hasn’t tasted success wherever else since his first win in November 2019.

The winner of the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) in 2020 was his third win in lots of begins in that preparation interval, he would miss the 2021 version as a result of damage earlier than returning to win the 2022 version.

No horse in historical past has received three Standish Handicaps in a race courting again to 1884 with Tremendous Spectacular (03/05), Grandoise (89/91), Rooney (78/80) Ungar (50/51). 45/46) Manrico (39/41) Blue Cross (20/21) Berry Consols (12/13) Miss Bobby (07/08) each received.

Robbie Griffiths, who has been coaching in partnership with Matthew De Kock, is assured {that a} return to Halvorsen’s most popular Flemington floor will likely be essential to bounce again from Sandown’s final begin.

“His first run at Flemington was actually good, at Sandown he was common however very match, he took a break from the marketing campaign,” mentioned Griffiths.

Blake Shinn will substitute 2020 Standish successful jockey Andrew Mallyon within the saddle, and the steady is bound to get Halvorsen again on observe.

“Matt (De Kock) was pleased with the gallop he did on Monday morning and Reid Balfour driving him, so we hope a greater preparation return for Flemington to be a two-time Standish winner earlier than that every one equates to a return to kind,” Griffiths mentioned.

Regardless of being a two-time winner of the race, Halvorsen is not going to carry the very best weight in Saturday’s version, with Group 1 winner Western Empire returning for John Leek Jr., who had beforehand raced beneath the supervision of Danny O’Brien.

The remainder of the sphere appears fairly even on paper with a single horse (Vespertine) being the final begin winner to take the Flemington Listed MSS Security Dash (1200m) in November.

Halvorsen was given a $9.50 likelihood TABIndian Pacific, Vespertine, and Rose Quartz share favoritism at $6.50.

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