Halvorsen winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
The Flemington Carnival ended on an emotional note when Halvorsen, a horse bred, part-owned and trained by Cranbourne-based Robbie Griffiths, stormed home to win the final race on Saturday.
Don Healy, also a part-owner of the talented four-year-old, broke down during an interview after the race as he was recalling how Griffiths had only returned to work earlier that morning after a long break following surgery for a brain aneurysm.
"It has been a pretty ordinary three months but he's good now so that's the main thing," Healy said.
"He had his first day of trackwork today and I am sure this will give him a great thrill."
Healy has been with the Griffiths stable since the former jockey's first runner in 1992 and he said Halvorsen's family traces back to those days.
"We in fact owned his grandmother and so it goes a long way back," Healy explained. "I think she was the first yearling to go into the Griffiths racing stables."
Stable supporters were well rewarded with Halvorsen's first-up win as he started at $16 and on the line had three-quarters of a length over Esperance ($7), with Akkadian ($26) in third place.
WATCH: Halvorsen's win