Lacklustre performance raises concerns

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    LAZARUS - Photo HRV

    NEXT month’s New Zealand Cup markets have been thrown in disarray following tonight’s Canterbury Classic at Addington.

    While freakish pacer Lazarus firmed as Cup favourite, his highly-talented stablemate Heaven Rocks has raised question marks.

    All-conquering partners Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen were left shocked by Heaven Rocks’ performance, finishing last in the five-runner field.

    Driven by Rasmussen, the favourite never appeared comfortable, with the horsewoman fearing the son of Rock N Roll Heaven had broken down.

    As such, Heaven Rocks was to undergo an inspection by the club’s veterinarian.

    Bookmakers originally tightened Lazarus’ quote to $2 while easing Heavens Rocks to $2.80 in Cup betting before suspending the option due to concerns over the latter.

    In positive news for the stable, Lazarus led home a trifecta as Have Faith In Me and Dream About Me filled the placings.

    Lazarus, which won last year’s Canterbury Classic en-route to capturing the Cup, stretched his record to 28 wins and five placings from 33 starts for earning past $2.2million.

    • NZHN

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