Two In A Row For Halvorsen
Dec 30, 2018
It was good to see a stable favourite back in winning action at Bairnsdale on Friday, the second leg of our winning double being Halvorsen who was ridden to perfection by Matthew Allen fresh from a year off the scene.
Last seen in the saddle on December 29 last year, Allen had still been at the stable riding track work and, on the back of doing some drainage and excavation work, had stayed in good shape - "I was working so hard that my weight came down so I thought I might as well be riding!"
"He has always done a lot of work behind the scenes," Reid Balfour said, "so it is great to reward him with a win."
And a smart win it was too, Halvorsen who like his stable mate Angel Lass earlier in the day, was sent out an odds-on favourite.
Travelling well midfield, Halvorsen was into the clear straightening and chasing the leader who had given a nice kick. But he always looked like reeling that horse in and after hitting the front at the 150m was able to draw clear by an impressive 3 3/4 lengths.
"It worked out lovely," Balfour said, "he was able to go through his gears and he pulled away and won nicely."
A horse who has been a work in progress, Halvorsen early doors was inclined to pull a bit - "but we have taught him to relax early which means he can now show his true ability."
It was a second win in a row for Halvorsen who had easily broken his maiden at Kyneton in early October, enjoying a spell in the meantime.
"He was showing signs that he would take benefit from a break," Balfour said, "and he has certainly bounced back in great order - I think there is a nice summer and autumn ahead for him."
Allen, happy to resume with such an easy win, was always confident - "he jumped well and we had a gun run - it was over as soon as we came into the straight."
A home-bred for Robbie and Shiranee who race him with an excited group of stable supporters, Halvorsen hails from a family we know well with his dam being a half-sister to our tough stakes winner Bel Trois.