TALENTED pacer Heaven Rocks is primed to continue his climb to the top when he heads to Addington tonight.
Engaged in the Canterbury Classic, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven will enter the $50,000 feature following two impressive trials.
Not only has the Australian Pacing Gold graduate pleased co-trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen with his progress, the power couple believe Heaven Rocks can claim the mantle as the stable’s headline act from Lazarus!
Heaven Rocks’ trials include a tough win over Lazarus a fortnight ago, with Purdon stating the former’s wayward manner appears to be a thing of the past.
“It was a good hit-out for both of them,” Purdon said. “Lazarus has improved again, but he’ll need to as Heaven Rocks is a very fast horse and is mentally a lot better.”
As for their pending clash, Purdon has given an indication of the likely outcome by stating Heaven Rocks has a fitness edge over Lazarus.
The five-runner field also includes stablemates Have Faith In Me and Dream About Me.
“At this stage of their preparations Heaven Rocks is about two or three lengths ahead of Lazarus,” Purdon said.
“That said, Lazarus is in good shape and is ready to win. All four of our runners are in good order and will run well.”
The Purdon/Rasmussen quartet is being readied for the New Zealand Cup on November 14, with Lazarus the $2.30 favourite, with Heaven Rocks at $2.60.
- PAUL COURTS