Take a bow Historian and connections!

Cambridge trainer Gary Alton and his partner, Catherine Cameron, pulled off a fine training feat when Historian won the Gr. 3 $70,000 Tumu ITM Spring Sprint at Hastings today.

Historian, who provided Alton with his first Group One win when taking the Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile at Trentham last January, had been off the scene for seven months when he contested the 1400-metre event, but the work put into him by Alton and Cameron saw him prevail in a desperate finish.

Ridden by Matt Cameron (replacing the injured Opie Bosson), Historian refused to give in over the final stages after tracking the pacemaker Starguru to the home turn and scraped home by a nose from fellow Cambridge galloper Neo, who was receiving 4.5kg weight from the winner.

When applauded on a great training feat, Alton was quick to deflect the credit to Historian.

“He’s unreal,” said Alton. “He’s only been ridden once this time in and that was to go to the trials. All his work is done on the treadmill. How good would he be if he was sound?”

Historian has been troubled by tendon problems and after he ended his last campaign with a second at Te Rapa last March he underwent an operation for the removal of a chip from his fetlock joint.

“His tendons are good at the moment and he came through the operation well,” said Alton. “The biggest problem is that he’s got flat feet and they bruise easily. Our farrier, Kim Hughes, has done a great job keeping him right.”

Historian is nominated for the Gr. 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton next month, but his win today may force him too far up in the weights to be a serious contender. He was on a rating 98 today and only had four horses above him in the ratings – Nashville (107), Viadana (103), The Solitaire (102) and Full Of Spirit (99).

If Historian is rated too highly for the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile, Alton may consider starting him at weight-for-age in the Gr. 1 $200,.000 Rydges Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham on December 7.