New Zealand trainer Gary Alton has confirmed talented raider and Group 1 champion Historian will back up his disappointing Australian debut last weekend in this weekend’s Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m).
While understandably unhappy with the Choisir gelding’s performances for 11th in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m) at Doomben last weekend, Alton said his stable’s star has come through in perfect condition and is expecting a far greater performance on the wider Eagle Farm track this weekened.
“He was slow out and got back and he couldn’t get near them,” Alton told The New Zealand Racing Desk.
“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 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.”
Claiming a positive total of five wins and six places from a 20 competitive race starts to date; Historian has been a mainstay in major events in his native New Zealand since first appearing on track in the spring of 2010.
Returning to the track in arguably career best form this time in, the talented six-year-old strolled home to win the Group 3 Spring Sprint (1400m) and continued to build in form and class on his way to an impressive victory in the Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) on December 26th.
Having also finished second to in-form stayer Silent Achiever in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) on March 8th, Historian is a leading contender for the $200,000 Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) on June 15th.
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