Halvorsen

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Halvorsen peaking for Creswick

Smart sprinter Halvorsen has never let down his trainer when set for a specific race and Robbie Griffiths is banking on him again rising to the occasion when he tackles Saturday's Listed Creswick Stakes at Flemington.

Griffiths said that he had had the $140,000 race in mind for some time for the three-year-old gelding, who proved at his last start that the 1200-metre event was a worthwhile goal when he coped well with Flemington's straight course for the first time in narrowly losing to Gytrash over 1000m.

"I was delighted with his first run at Flemington, where he ran second and was only beaten in the 1000-metre dash there," Griffiths said on Tuesday morning.

"I think he'll come on a lot just having the experience down the straight.

"It's (Creswick) been a target race. It's good for us and good for him that his two metro wins have both been target races - he won the two (VOBIS) Gold races - so we've always had it in our minds that you can't peak on every occasion, but we thought the Creswick would be a good race for him.

"He gets his chance on Saturday and hopefully it works for him."

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Griffiths' confidence in the sprinter grew further on Tuesday after he watched him cope well with the wet conditions in his final crucial piece of fast work before Saturday's sprint.

"He had a nice gallop this morning," the trainer said. "He was on the grass and it was pretty wet so we held him together, but he finished off quite well over the last 600 (metres).

"He had a nice puff at Flemington so that will top him off really well, combined with today's gallop."

In just 12 starts Halvorsen has won four times and another victory on Saturday would see his earnings swell to beyond $400,000 but Griffiths is 12 months away from entertaining a spring mission, instead looking to race him at Flemington before and after the spring features.

"I don't think he's mature enough for the spring so there are a couple of 1200-metre races there coming up and I've been of the opinion that we should look at the Standish and Christmas Handicap over the summer period for him," he said.