She has been a work in progress but patience was rewarded at Pakenham on Tuesday with a breakthrough success for the promising Halvoya.
Third up from a spell having shown improvement at each outing, the well related filly won in the style of a horse ready to take the next step – showing great heart taking the inside runs.
Drifting back under a patient ride by Alana Kelly, Halvoya saved ground turning but needed the luck as they bunched in front of her. But when the splits came she was keen to take them and her strong finish was an exciting one!
“I just wanted to ride her quietly, to get her into a nice rhythm,” Kelly said.
“She balanced up and worked her way through her gears really well and she was very brave going through those gaps.”
“It was a great ride, a confident ride,” Jade Matthews enthused, “she was very patient.”
Matthews has a soft spot for Halvoya having seen her progress from naughty young filly to emerging talent.
“She has taken a little while to learn but she is growing up now and you could see that today.”
“She has a very quirky personality, sometimes we found it hard to get her out onto the track but she is working it all out now.”
Another reason Halvoya is special around the stables is the fact that she was bred by Robbie from a family everyone knows so well.
“We had mum, grandma, brothers, uncles, aunties – we’ve had all the whole family so it very exciting for us,” Matthews explained.
A daughter of the late Unencumbered, Halvoya is the third runner and third winner for the Flemington winner Flourishing, also dam of the Gr.3 Standish Handicap winner Halvorsen and the in-form Trygve who has won his last two in Adelaide.
Flourishing, who has been a regular visit to our favourite stallion Magnus in recent years, is a half-sister to another stable favourite in Beltrois, winner of the Listed Doveton Stakes.