Historian can continue Myers roll

Awapuni apprentice Rosie Myers is hoping her Thorndon Mile trend continues with her latest winner of the Trentham feature.

Myers won last month’s Group I Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile aboard the Gary Alton-trained Historian and she will be making a special trip north to ride the Cambridge galloper in the Group I Darci Brahma International Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Myers also won last year’s Thorndon Mile on a Cambridge galloper, Say No More, and she went on to claim another Group One win on the Paul Duncan-trained mare when taking the Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha.

Historian produced a big effort to credit Alton with his first Group One win in the Thorndon Mile and will step up to 2000 metres in weight-for-age company this weekend.

“I’m really happy with him,” said Alton. “He looks ready to go 2000 metres. And if he measures up on Saturday, he could go to Ellerslie for the weight-for-age 2000 metres (NZ Stakes on March 9).”

Historian has not won beyond 1600 metres, but as a three-year-old when trained by Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue he performed well right up to 2400 metres. He was third in the H.S. Dyke Waikato Guineas (2000m), fourth in the Supadeal Avondale Guineas (2100m) and second to Jimmy Choux in the Telecom NZ Derby (2400m).

Alton will also be represented at Saturday’s Te Rapa meeting by the promising three-year-old filly Marmi, who will also be ridden by Myers.

“We had her in the Sir Tristram Classic, but she looks better placed in the special conditions maiden at this stage,” said Alton. “She’s still learning and it’s a winnable race for her.”

Marmi won two starts ago at Paeroa and was a creditable fifth to High Fashion in the Tiger Prawn Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham.