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.