Victorian’s were in full force at Caulfield’s rich VOBIS meeting with the phenomenal run of success continuing for the progeny of Sun Stud’s Group 1 stallion Magnus when Halvorsen captured the Avenel Equine Hospital VOBIS Gold Dash over 1100 metres, worth $180,000 in commanding fashion.

It was win number four for the lightning fast Magnus three-year-old who hasn’t finished further back than fourth in his last 9 starts, which include a comfortable win in the VOBIS Gold Carat at Moonee Valley in January and a close second in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes over 1200 metres at Caulfield in February.

Bred and proudly trained in Victoria by Robbie Griffiths, Halvorsen is one of 18 Magnus winners from 19 runners for the Cranbourne trainer.

A leading fan of Victoria’s Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold schemes since their inception, Griffiths said all the signs were there early to suggest Halvorsen possessed above-average ability.

“He’s a horse that has always had terrific talent,” Griffiths said. “He cow kicked me as a young horse, and I’ve never had a horse kick me that quick, so I thought if he’s that fast on race day he’s going to be very good.

“We went through a series of low-key races to teach him to relax and then the penny dropped, and we saw that at Moonee Valley last preparation when he beat Hawkshot.

And the run of success may not stop there, with Halvorsen now a challenger for next month’s Group 1 Goodwood Handicap over 1200 metres.

Connections of Halvorsen after winning the Avenel Equine Hospital VOBIS Gold Dash , at Caulfield Racecourse on April 27, 2019 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

“The plan was always to get the VOBIS dollars today, and he’s ticked that box which is fantastic so now he could end up in Adelaide.”

“The Goodwood is a possibility, although he might not be seasoned enough for that yet.”

Halvorsen is out of Flourishing, a half-sister to Bel Esprit sprinter, Beltrois who is also bred, trained and raced by Robbie, a talented stakes winner over 1200 metres at Caulfield and multiple Group placed.

With three stakes winners in just over a week in March, Magnus will stand this season at Sun Stud at a fee of $16,500. For more information visit

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