Four Starzzz Flash has won his way into New Zealand’s most prestigious harness racing event – the $600,000 New Zealand Trotting Cup.
The 7yo son of Four Starzzz Shark, who was transferred back into the barn of Cran Dalgety after his fresh-up third for co-owner Kevin Chapman, put up a gutsy performance to gain automatic entry into the New Zealand Cup by narrowly winning tonight’s $25,000 Maurice Holmes Vase (Gr3) at Addington.
After settling in the one-one for driver Dexter Dunn, Four Starzzz Flash was left parked for the last lap after North Island pacer Besotted rolled around to the front. However, he wouldn’t budge in the home stretch and after overhauling Besotted he narrowly held out the fast finishing Mach Banner.
The pride of the south, Franco Ledger, disappointed in fourth after receiving every opportunity in the trail, while Pemberton Shard was super in fifth after being slow away.
“The run actually suited him, as he just keeps going,” said Dexter Dunn.
“He lacks a touch of real high speed, but he can stay all day. He is just a lovely horse.
“Matthew Williamson is the happiest man around. He has just landed his first New Zealand Cup drive,” laughed Dunn, who will obviously stick with New Zealand Cup favourite, Christen Me.
“He is not a bad second-stringer for the stable though. The two miles will be right up his alley.”
Dalgety, Chapman and Dunn also enjoyed success earlier in the night with potential superstar Locharburn; a horse that Chapman believes will end up being “even better than Four Starzzz Flash.”
But at the moment, he is just pleased to have his first New Zealand Cup starter.
By Mitchell Robertson