Magnossiva (Image: Racing Photos)
Trainer Robbie Griffiths has made a case for Magnossiva on Saturday at Flemington despite the fact the galloper has beaten just one rival home this preparation.
The four-year-old gelding by Magnus was beaten nine lengths in a trial, finished 10th of 11 first-up and then didn't beat a horse home last start, but Cranbourne-based Griffiths believes he's found the formula to see him return to form.
"He had excuses first-up at Pakenham, things went wrong so forget that run," Griffiths said.
"I thought he was pretty ordinary last start at Werribee, but I don't think he likes small tracks."
With that in mind, Griffiths has accepted for the Santa's Stable Handicap (1400m) at Flemington, a track he's performed at on three occasions this year.
"His Flemington form is good, so he is a horse that could turn his form around quickly," he added.
"He galloped really well on Tuesday morning."
Halvorsen, another four-year-old gelding by Magnus in the Griffiths stable, pulled up well following his victory last Saturday.
"He pulled up sensational, he licked the bin out and was bright on Sunday morning," Griffiths said.
"We checked him over, he's gone to the paddock with the water walker and he's back in on Friday.
"We'll head towards the Standish (Handicap) on January 1."