Hutchings on a mission aboard Historian

Leading apprentice Rory Hutchings is keen to put Historian on a plane to Hong Kong when he rides the Cambridge dual Group One winner for the first time at Awapuni tomorrow.

It’s not as though Hutchings wants to see the back of the talented galloper but he wants to win the Gr. 2 $100,000 Ezibuy Awapuni Gold Cup and he knows such a result could be the decider for Historian to represent New Zealand in the Gr. 1 $2.2 million Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on April 27.

“The owner wants him to go to Hong Kong and he’s been entered but we won’t know until April 9 whether he’s got the nod,” said Historian’s trainer Gary Alton. “There’s no guarantee he will get invited but a win on Saturday could help.”

Historian was also entered for two races at last year’s Hong Kong International meeting but was always “behind the eight-ball” to make that trip. However, there is a strong chance his owner could see him on Hong Kong soil this time.

“If he doesn’t get the nod for Hong Kong we’ll seriously consider taking him to Brisbane,” said Alton. “There’s nothing around here for him after Saturday.”

Historian was sent to Hong Kong after finishing second to Jimmy Choux in the 2011 NZ Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie when trained at Cambridge by Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue, but never got to race.

Upon his return to New Zealand he entered Alton’s stable and the results have been a bonus for his owner. Third-up he won last year’s Gr. 1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile and he picked up his second Group One win on Boxing Day when beating O’Fille in the Zabeel Classic.

It was only the top mare Silent Achiever which robbed him of a third Group One win when she defeated him in the Lindauer NZ Stakes at Ellerslie last start.

“We went there knowing second to Silent Achiever was the best result we could hope for and we were very happy to see it work out that way,” said Alton. “She’s lengths better than anything she’s raced against here and she franked that form last Saturday (when winning the Gr. 1 Ranvet Stakes).”

Hutchings has picked up the Historian rider as the horse’s regular rider Matt Cameron is still recovering from a knee injury suffered when kicked a few days before the Auckland Cup Carnival.

Cameron rode through the pain barrier during the carnival and won the Gr. 1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup on Who Shot Thebarman.