Alton Hoping For Form Reversal From Historian

Cambridge trainer Gary Alton is out to prove a point with his multiple Group One winner Historian in Australia.   He was disappointed with the six-year-old’s unplaced effort at Doomben and is expecting more this Saturday.

Historian was never a factor in the Gr.3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1650m), but had come through the race well.

“He was slow out and got back and he couldn’t get near them,” Alton said.  “The vet gave him a thorough going over after the race and the horse seems as good as gold now. “He’ll be going around again on Saturday in the Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) and that will suit him a lot better and Tye Angland will ride him. “Eagle Farm will be a different story and I just want to show the Australians how good he really is.”

Alton brought Historian back from a tendon injury to win at the highest level in last year’s Thorndon Mile and the Zabeel Classic.

The Choisir gelding then confirmed a Queensland trip with a runner-up finish behind Silent Achiever in the Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes and a fifth in the Gr.2 Awapuni Gold Cup.

Historian has been accompanied by stablemate Rockwell, who has placed in one of his two Australian starts.   He was second at Ipswich and then pulled up distressed after running six that the Sunshine Coast.

“His first run was huge and he should have won and then last time he had to be hosed down three or four times with heat stress,” Alton said.   “His heart rate kept going up after the race, but he has recovered quickly and he’s a lot better than that.  “He ate up well on Monday night and we’ll find another race for him before we come home.”