The Robbie Griffiths-trained Halvorsen has claimed his first stakes win in the Group Three Standish Handicap at Flemington, beating Adelaide visitor Bold Star.
Trainer Phillip Stokes believes Snitzkraft has improved from his first-up win at Pakenham in preparation for a tougher test in the Standish Handicap.
Trainer Robbie Griffiths has headed to the Gold Coast early to inspect Magic Millions yearlings and will miss Halvorsen in the Standish Handicap.
Trainer Robbie Griffiths has cheered home a winner at Flemington on his first day back at the races after undergoing brain surgery.
With Standish Handicap plans for Superhard, trainer John Sadler will give the sprinter another look at the Flemington straight in an 1100m-sprint.
A lack of suitable options may force trainer Mike Moroney into pushing Star Surprise up against open company after his first-up win at Pakenham.
The Robbie Laing-trained sprinter Lord Of The Sky has returned to winning form claiming the Group Three Standish Handicap first-up at Flemington.
Trainer David Brideoake is relying on Miss Wonderland's straight track ability in the Standish Handicap at Flemington.
The traditional New Year's Day features at Flemington, the Standish Handicap and Bagot Handicap, have attracted 19 and 17 nominations respectively.