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Historian holds on in Group 1 Thorndon Mile

Report: New Zealand, Saturday

Trentham: Thorndon Mile (Group 1 handicap) 1m, 3yo+ turf

HISTORIAN (Gary Alton/Rosie Myers) got the best of a close finish with Lady Kipling to give his trainer a first victory at the highest level.

Caught wide in the early stages, Historian was able to follow through Jetset Lad around the final turn before kicking for home and holding on by a short-head.

It proved a remarkable comeback for Historian, who was given no chance of racing again having damaged a tendon in Hong Kong after moving to that country to continue his career following his 2011 NZ Derby second to Jimmy Choux.

"He's been with us for seven months and he hasn't worked once on the track," Alton told Trackside television.

"We ride him occasionally in the arena or in the paddock at home once a week maybe, but he does the rest of his work on the treadmill."

Historian had been down the field in both of his starts before his Group 1 win and Alton added: "You know he's had no luck and you're only going to get so many runs probably before something goes wrong again and you tear your hair out, so it was great to see him win a race like this."

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