INITIAL fears exciting pacer Heaven Rocks had suffered a serious injury at Addington last night have been relieved.
A hot favourite in the Canterbury Classic, Heaven Rocks finished at the tail of the five-runner field as his glamour stablemate Lazarus scored an impressive first-up victory.
Upon returning to the stalls, it was thought the son of Rock N Roll Heaven may have fractured his pastern.
To the relief of connections, the Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen-trained star was hampered by a heel complaint, which is already being treated.
Although his preparation has endured a minor setback, Heaven Rocks will continue his march towards the New Zealand Cup on November 14.
As a result of last night’s Group Two, bookmakers originally tightened Lazarus’ quote to $2 while easing Heavens Rocks to $2.80 in Cup betting, but suspended the option due to concerns over the latter.
“The horse will be tried with spreaders next time and possibly returned to workouts, but remains stood down pending a vet clearance,” Chief Steward Nick Ydgren said.
- PAUL COURTS