Four Starzzz Flash, winner of the Group III Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington on Friday, will back up in the Hannon Memorial Free-For-All at Oamaru on Sunday.
''We thought he would be competitive but winning after sitting outside the leader was a bonus,'' said Cran Dalgety, his trainer. The win guaranteed Four Starzzz Flash a start in the $650,000 New Zealand Cup on November 12.
Franco Ledger won the Holmes Vase - Hannon double last year. Franco Ledger has been entered on Sunday.
Iraklis (1997-98) is the only horse to win successive Hannons since it was run as a free-for-all in 1981, coinciding with the switch from the grass to all-weather track.
Four Starzzz Flash has won his three New Zealand starts from the Dalgety stable. He won the Group III Central Otago Cup and Ashburton Cup last December - January, three weeks after joining the stable. Dalgety then took him to Australia, with his best effort a sixth in the Group I Bohemia Crystal at Menangle.
Four Starzzz Flash was spelled in March and he had one start back for Amberley part-owner Kevin Chapman - on August 23-before re-joining Dalgety. Four Starzzz was originally transferred to Dalgety for a a change of environment with access to a swimming pool.
He had become ''colty'' and had not won a race for 19 months although he had assembled 11 wins when prepared by Chapman. That Dexter Dunn would became his near regular driver was also an attraction.
Chapman races Four Starzzz Flash with his son, Jared, who bred the Four Starzzz Shark - Compulsive Franco entire. Terry Ashby, of West Melton and Richard Bell, of Rakaia are also in the ownership
Kevin Chapman is a son of Ken Chapman who owned, trained and drove Stormont to win the 1959 New Zealand Derby. Ken also owned and trained Freightman (13 wins). Freightman had three attempts at the New Zealand Cup, finishing fifth in 1986 when the race was won by Master Mood.
Kevin Chapman has his eye on the New Zealand Derby with Locharburn, who is unbeaten in three starts. The Dalgety-trained Locharburn, who won easily on Friday, will be back at Addington this Friday against the older horses.
''We will wait until the last heat of the Sires' Stakes (October 25 at Addington) before deciding if the late entry payment will be made for the series,'' Dalgety said.
The fee is $18,000 plus GST for the estimated $180,000 Final at Addington on November 12.
A sustaining payment for Locharburn in the series was not made on July 1. It was not considered he would make an early 3-year-old. The sustaining payment was made for the Sales Series race in Auckland on December 31.
Locharburn qualified at Addington on July 22 after two wins and a second at workouts in the previous five weeks when trained by Chapman The Christian Cullen - Suzy's Delight colt won his first start at Rangiora on July 28. He was an $18,000 purchase at the 2012 premier yearling sale when offered by Mike Stratford.
Christen Me, the other Dalgety-trained contender for the New Zealand Cup will have a workout at Rangiora on Saturday and another workout or trial as a lead up to a return to racing in the Avon City Ford Cup at Addington on September 27. He is second favourite in futures betting for the New Zealand Cup with the TAB at $3.60 behind Terror To Love, $3.80.
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