Win For Walhalla
May 11, 2018
Having only just missed having made a gutsy run along the rails at his previous start at Sale, the promising Walhalla was sent out favourite stepping up from 1105m to 1209m at Echuca on Thursday... and he did not disappoint.
Missing the start as has been his want (not an unknown trait for the Bel Esprit breed!), Walhalla spotted his rivals a couple of lengths for the first half of the race, tacking on without expending too much energy and making his run around the field from well before the turn.
Swinging widest into the straight, Walhalla began to reel in his rivals, getting to third by the 200m before taking the lead and getting clear to win by a soft length.
Having just his sixth start, Walhalla has been a terrific horse already for the stable - not once finishing outside of the placings.
"He has always raced consistently so it was great for him to be first past the post," Robbie said.
"I am sure he will gain a lot of confidence from the win and progress through the grades."
"Long time owner of the stable Rosemary Thomson will be very happy with the result and its great to get the win for her."
"It was obviously an impressive win," Jye Mc Neil said.
"He is still very green and lacking in confidence but I think once he works it all out he could improve through his grades and may even get to mid week level."
Walhalla was bred locally by Windy Hill Thoroughbreds and picked up for $27,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
He is one of four winners for his dam, the city placed O'Reilly mare Lacrimosa who has also produced the metropolitan winners Without Permission (South Africa) and Firestorm.
Hailing from the family of the Group One winners Slight Chance, Brambles and Star Of Gold, Lacrimosa was served last spring by Alpine Eagle.