DESPITE a scare earlier this week, exciting pacer Heaven Rocks will take his place in Tuesday’s New Zealand Cup.
Having disappointed co-trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen during track work, Heaven Rocks was in danger of being scratched from the prestigious handicap.
The power couple were concerned the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was suffering from a low grade virus.
To connections’ delight, results from a blood test taken from the Australian Pacing Gold graduate have provided a brighter outlook.
Heaven Rocks, which will be driven by Rasmussen, is a $6 second elect in betting markets, with his stablemate Lazarus a short-priced favourite at $1.40.
Unbeaten from three starts this season, Lazarus will be driven by Purdon during his Cup title defence.
- TRENT STEELE