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Harness racing champion Lazarus well and truly cemented his favouritism for the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup by winning the time honoured Ashburton Flying Stakes today. The Ashburton Flying Stakes is an important lead-up to the Cup and it is the second year in succession that Lazarus has won the race, and the fourth year in a row that the winner has come from the Purdon/Rasmussen stable. Today the nuggety son of Bettor's Delight had to sprint his last half in close to 53 seconds to get past his well performed stablemate Dream About Me who had led for the majority of the race, but did it well enough to suggest he will be one of the hottest Cup favourites in recent years when the big race rolls around in November. Dream About Me was game in defeat running second, after leading most of the way and running the winner to a neck at the line, with Heaven Rocks running on into third. Piccadilly Princess ran fourth giving the All Stars Stable the first four in the race. Lazarus ran the 2400m stand in 2-56.2 with the last 800m cut out in 53.7 seconds and the closing 400m in 26.1. He will now head to Kaikoura for the Kaikoura Cup next Monday. Earlier in the day The Dorchester smashed the New Zealand 2400m mobile record after working hard during the race to lead and then running away from his rivals in the straight. The Mitchell Kerr trained colt paced the 2400m mobile in 2-52.5, a mile rate of 1-55.6. The last 800m was run in a slick 55.8 with The Dorchester winning by more than seven lengths at the line. Lazarus winning the Ashburton Flying Stakes.     Harnesslink Media    

Heaven Rocks gets what could be his best chance to beat Lazarus this spring at Ashburton today. But if you want to back him you might be smart to wait until just before start time. The two most talented pacers in the country meet again in the $50,000 Flying Stakes, the traditional best lead-up to the New Zealand Cup on November 14, for which the pair are the stand-out favourites. While they are only having their second starts of their Cup campaign their seasons have already produced drama, with Heaven Rocks suggesting he had closed the gap on Lazarus with two huge workout performances before a shock failure at Addington in a race where Lazarus's manners won their comeback clash.   That night Heaven Rocks's Cup campaign looked to be in jeopardy as he pulled up sore but he was good as gold a day later, his trainers convinced the giant was being a pussycat after a greasy heel problem. Since then he has easily beaten Lazarus in a private workout at Ashburton last Tuesday, reaffirming he has the motor to match the champ if not the manners. Lazarus is almost the complete pacer, with great manners, huge stamina and enough speed to have beaten Heaven Rocks both times they have clashed in a race. Trainer Mark Purdon still believes the five-year-old is working his way back to peak fitness so could be vulnerable to the absolute best version of Heaven Rocks today and that is where the Ashburton track could help the latter. With its sweeping bends and long straights Ashburton is the perfect confidence-boosting track for a horse with Heaven Rocks' issues and he won his only start here in stunning fashion in the Jewels. It is impossible to make a case he is a better horse than Lazarus so whether you want to back him to finally beat him today comes down to price. At anything close to $4 Heaven Rocks might be worth the risk but he was $2.70 fixed odds with the TAB bookies last night. But the Australian TAB had him a lot longer at $3.40 as he has never raced there whereas Lazarus has a number of Aussie group one wins to his name. So that name recognition plus the general distrust for Heaven Rocks could see him drift out to close to $4 on the tote by race start time, especially as the tote pool is co-mingled with Australia where Lazarus will attract most of the money. Odds aside though, Lazarus should probably be able to work to the lead, particularly in a race where several of his stablemates are underdone, and then even if he hands up the pacemaking role to Heaven Rocks he would still be favoured to come off his back and beat him. Today's main trot sees the return of millionaire trotter Stent, who hasn't raced for 21 months but gets the perfect comeback ace draw in the Flying Mile. It is a huge ask to expect him to win after such a long break. But with Monbet sidelined the open class trotters are a mixed bunch so nothing would surprise in today's sprint. Michael Guerin

Harness racing champion Auckland Reactor is starting to leave his mark on the race track, as a sire of good 3yo horses. In Chase Auckland, he has a potential champion son, judging by the way the Purdon/Rasmussen trained gelding defeated a quality field of three year olds tonight at Addington. Driver Natalie Rasmussen drove a calculating race with Chase Auckland in winning the third NRM Sires Stakes heat. Rasmussen shot to the lead from barrier two behind the mobile and then handed up to stable mate The Devils Own to trail for the most of the race. In the straight the Chase Auckland dug in for the fight and Natalie urged his nose in front on the line to beat a quality All Stars line up of, The Devils Own, Spankem and All About Faith to win by a narrow margin. The time for the 1950m mobile was a quick 2-17.9, a mile rate of 1-53.8, with the last 800m cut out in a sizzling 54.9 seconds. Chase Auckland (Auckland Reactor - Delicata) is owned by the Alabar Racing Syndicate, many of whom were on track tonight to cheer on the win Chase Auckland winning his third race from three starts   Earlier in the night Auckland Reactor produced another exciting winner in Blue Blazer, who won his third start by a head after some good trial performances in recent weeks. Blue Blazer (Auckland Reactor - Jet Spirit)  rated 1-58.4 for the 1950m mobile and gave trainer Trent Yesberg his first training win at his sixth attempt.  Trent Yesberg getting his first training win with Blue Blazer. Harnesslink Media

Top harness racing trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, appear to hold all the cards in tonights NRM Sires Stakes Heat 3 at Addington Raceway. The powerful All Stars stable have a team of four horses entered for the $22,000 heat tonight and all are good chances in what will be a hotly contested race. Unbeaten Auckland Reactor gelding "Chase Auckland" is currently the TAB fixed odds favourite at $1.90 . TAB bookmaker Stephen Richardson said "We took a bet of $2000 to win on him just after the market opened last night and he might close shorter than what he is at now." Chase Auckland will be driven again by Natalie Rasmussen, who said on the All Stars website, "The Sires Stakes heat on Friday is going to be a fascinating race and not just for the public. It will also be a major guide to us because there are a couple of questions we are looking forward to finding the answers to as well." "Chase Auckland is my drive but this is is big test. It is one thing to be dealing to maiden and one win fields and another to line up against horses like in this field. He has the draw and I guess I would be using that otherwise I could end up locked up on the pegs but there will be quite a bit of movement in the race I would say." The two win, unbeaten pacer has drawn handily in barrier two tonight, which will aid his chances in getting a handy spot early, with second favourite Spankem drawn to follow him through from the second line. Spankem ($3.70) and The Devils Own ($4.20) both performed well in the 2yo Sires Stakes heats and final earlier in the year and are worthy second and third favourites. The Devils Own ran a meritorious second behind Pats Delight two weeks ago at Addington in the second Sires Stakes Heat and will again be driven by stable driver Tim Williams. Mark Purdon will take the reins on Spankem, who looks ready to run a big race, after a good third at the trials last week behind the Cran Dalgety trained Bonnie Joan. All U Need Is Faith is the fourth runner from the stable and is fresh up from a win two weeks ago. He can not be discounted either. as he was not far behind The Devils Own and Spankem in the 2yo Sires Stakes series last year and looks to be a better horse this season. Add in the Robert Dunn trained Alta Maestro, plus Aloka and a host of other top form horses and you get an intriguing race, full of quality and one of the best 3yo fields you could hope to see anywhere in the country.    Harnesslink Media

Harness racing pacer Heaven Rocks was back in winning form at todays Ashburton workouts.  Heaven Rocks cruised to victory in a two horse race and showed no ill effects of the heel complaint that threatened to curtail his season two weeks ago. Lazarus and Heaven Rocks were assisted by a galloping pacemaker in todays workout, running a time of 2-58 for the 2400m. Heaven Rocks sped over his last 800m in 55.9 and the final 400m in a sizzling 25.5 seconds. Both horses are nominated for the Ashburton Flying Stakes, which might end up being a contest between six Purdon/Rassmussen trained runners, according to todays workout commentator Bruce Taylor.  Bruce said, "although six runners have nominated for the race there were question marks over both Classie Brigade and Robbie Burns starting". "Mark and Natalie have ended up nominating both Waikiki Beach and Picadilly Princess just so the race will get off the ground." he said. Have Faith In Me and Dream About Me are also among the nominations for Monday's race. Late News: Northern pacer No Doctor Needed has now also nominated for the Flying Stakes bringing the nominations up to nine.   The last 600m of the todays workout. Harnesslink Media  

Champion harness racing pacer Lazaraus, goes back to the workouts today at Ashburton. The Bettor's Delight five year old starts in a two horse heat along with All Stars stablemate Heaven Rocks. Heaven Rocks is back on track after suffering a greasy heel at his last race day start, in the Canterbury Classic two weeks ago, a race that Lazaraus won. Both horses are continuing their preparation for this years Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup in November.  Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have a big team of ten horses entered at the workouts today, with Dominion Handicap bound Prince Fearless and last years classy fillies Elle Mac and Shenanoah also making an appearance. _______________________________________________________________________________ Titan Banner will head to the Kaikoura Cup on October 30, after winning the Terror To Love Methven Cup on Sunday. The Art Major six year old was simply too strong for All Stars runner Dream About Me, after he led for the last lap and outstayed the rest of the field in the hands of driver Dexter Dunn. Titan Banner winning the Methven Cup ________________________________________________________________________________ Top trotter Monbet was supposed to have his first public trial this year at Ashburton today, as a lead-up to his race day return in the Flying Mile on the Ashburton track next Monday, but trainers Greg and Nina Hope have abandoned plans of racing him this summer, after some niggling leg issues with the the horse. Greg and Nina hope to have the horse back and ready in time for the Rowe Cup next year. Harnesslink Media      

Twelve-time New Zealand training premiership winner Mark Purdon wasted no time getting to his 2000th winner tonight at Addington. In what was his first drive of the night he produced his customary magical drive to win on Bettor Trix, a horse he co-trains with Natalie Rasmussen at their All Stars Stable in Rolleston. Purdon became the third trainer to reach the 2000 winners club, joining his father Roy (2020 wins) and brother Barry (2414 wins) as the only other New Zealand trainers to pass the milestone. Bettor Trix (Bettor's Delight - Tricky Woman) showed she would be a threat in the major fillies races later in the season, by winning her race easily and beating a good field in quick time. The speedy filly ran the 1950m mobile in a fast 1-56.6 mile rate with a closing 800m in 57.2 and 400m in 28.7 seconds. Later in the night the Purdon/Rasmussen combination grabbed a quinella, when Tennyson Bromac beat the All Stars stablemate Ohanzee by a short margin, in a strong maiden race.  Natalie Rasmussen was the winning driver on this occasion, with Mark having to settle for second, driving Ohanzee.  Tennyson Bromac and Ohanzee were having their first start at the races, with the winner rating 1-58 for the 1950m mobile. Tennyson Bromac cut out his last 800m off the front in 56.3 with a closing 400m in 27.9 seconds.   Mark Purdon driving Bettor Trix to his 2000th training win. Harnesslink Media

It may be one of the toughest milestones to achieve in New Zealand racing but for Mark Purdon win 2000 will be a family affair. Purdon goes into tonight’s Addington meeting on 1999 domestic wins as a trainer, many on his own, some in partnership like the one he currently shares with Natalie Rasmussen. When he reaches the 2000 New Zealand wins --- and so many more in Australia --- he will join his father Roy and brother Barry as the only other trainers to do it. Harness racing company doesn’t come any more elite. “Like most milestones it is not something you think about because we go about our business and it will come when it comes,” says Purdon. “But to join Dad and Barry in that club will mean a lot. That is something I will be proud of. “It is not just about me though. So many people have to help along the way to get to this many wins. Owners, staff and of course the people I have trained with. “So I’d like it to come this week but if not at Addington we have horses in at Alexandra Park and Methven too.” The All Stars has four lower grade horses in tonight and usually they would dominate their markets but that is only half true tonight. In race two they have Major Hippie as the $2 fixed odds favourite and Bettor Trix, who won impressively on debut but they meet a sharp three-year-old in Cole Porter. “Major Hippie would probably be our better chance in that race as he trialled well recently and came his last 800m in 55 seconds,” says Purdon. “But he is no good thing because he might actually be better driven in behind, not that he gives you a choice some times.” The All Stars have two maidens in race four in Tennyson Bromac and Ohanzee and usually that would have the bookies petrified but tonight they find themselves on the third line of betting.  That is because they are up against the Gavin Smith-trained Bright Diamond, who was one of the better juveniles in the country last season, just behind the absolute stars at group one level.  He was fourth in the Jewels and trialled up well recently and also has the draw advantage while the depth in the race doesn’t end there.  Henry Hubert from the Dunn team has only had one start, for a second at Addington to subsequent Jewels winner Ashley Locaz and looked very forward at the workouts here recently so the All Stars pair have their work cut out. “Our two will probably improve with the run but I’d opt for Tennyson Bromac as the better chance of the two.” The All Stars also has six horses in the north, with Cash N Flow and Thefixer to race at Alexandra Park on Friday night while Dream About Me headlines a strong four-horse team for Methven on Sunday, suggesting Mark will be in the family 2000 club before the weekend is over. Michael Guerin

Top harness racing trotter Stent is preparing for a comeback at the races later this month, after some pleasing work on his home track.  Trainer Colin DeFilippi gave the nine year old a run at the workouts on the 20th September, where he raced against the maiden pacers. Stent ran home ok without being pushed too hard, and broke 58 seconds for his last 800m. Owner Trevor Casey said "he was sore after that trial so we backed off him a bit. I hope we can get him back to the races, but I am philosophical about it"  "I will do the right thing by the horse and retire him, if there are any more front suspensory problems", he said. Stent has won 30 races from 69 starts and more than one million dollars in stakes.  ____________________________________________________________________________________ Champion mare Dream About Me has surpassed one million dollars in stakes with her 3rd behind stablemate Lazarus in the Canterbury Classic last Friday night.  From only 23 race-day starts, the Purdon/Rasmussen trained mare has racked up 19 wins, with her only unplaced run being a 6th behind Lazarus in last years New Zealand Free For All, which was run in a 1:52.6 mile rate. Dream About Me is nominated for the Terror To Love (G3) Methven Cup, to be run this Sunday on the grass track at the Mt Harding Racecourse.   Harnesslink Media    

Unbeaten 3yo gelding Chase Auckland has been scratched from tonights Sires Stakes heat at Addington, after getting cast in his box last night.  The classy Auckland Reactor gelding was a short $1.50 fixed odds favourite to win tonights race. Last night the TAB bookmakers had also opened the Sires Stakes Final market and installed Chase Auckland a $3.60 favourite for the $170,000 Sires Stakes Final on November 14th. Natalie Rasmussen said on the All Stars Website, "At this stage we don't know how serious it is from a Sires Stakes season point of view and we will probably not be sure until Monday. He just got cast in his box and rapped something while he was at it". "He is a great drive at the races but can be a bit playful at home so it is a case of waiting to see how long he will have to be out of work." Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen still have The Devils Own and Funatthebeach entered in tonights Sires Stakes Heat, with The Devils Own now a clear $1.90 favourite on the fixed odds win market.   Harnesslink Media  

Back New Zealands best pacer Lazarus at your own peril in his $50,000 comeback race at Addington tonight. Trainer-driver Mark Purdon is adamant stablemate Heaven Rocks is a better chance in the 2600m stand and his clear best hope in a race where he has four of the five starters. Lazarus would usually deserve to be favourite in any race he lines up in. After all, he won the New Zealand Cup by 10 lengths last season and easily beat Heaven Rocks the only time they met on race night in March. But champion trainer Purdon warns punters Lazarus is only in tonights race because otherwise it would not have got off the ground.   Initially, I only nominated Heaven Rocks and Have Faith In Me and I was going to trial Lazarus and Dream About Me again, explains Purdon. But when the race only got three entries I had to put the other two in otherwise it would have been scrapped. Laz being Laz he will go great and the race wont hurt him but being a five-year-old stallion he has taken a little longer to come up, whereas Heaven Rocks is right in the zone. Heaven Rockss manners seem good too and while you can never be sure, we are going into the race expecting him to be too fit for Lazarus at this stage. Anything can happen in racing but I think it is important punters know this race wasnt initially going to be on Lazs programme and he might need a run or two before he is back to his best. Heaven Rocks opened the favourite for tonights next step on the path to the New Zealand Cup because he easily accounted for Lazarus in a Rangiora trial last week and looks far more advanced, being an athletic gelding.   Michael Guerin

Top Canterbury harness racing trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have been forced to add Dream About Me and Lazarus to the Inkwise Canterbury Classic field on Friday night just to get the race off the ground.  Mark Purdon said on the stable website, " It is not ideal but I have been quite happy with Dream About Me. Lazarus I wanted to be as forward as could be in terms of race fitness before he went racing but with only three nominations we want the race to go ahead. It is disappointing but that is the reality of the situation". The field for the 2600m standing start Inkwise Canterbury Classic is:   Book Form   Name Rating Draw Hdcp Trainer 1 6111X3   Dream About Me R129 1 Front M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 20X1X3   Seel The Deal R109 2 Front G P & Mrs N M Hope 3 31111X   Lazarus R130 3 Front M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 4 12111X   Heaven Rocks R125 U1 Front M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 5 2623X1   Have Faith In Me R125 U2 Front M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen Also on Friday night, the first Sires Stakes heat at Addington has drawn a top field, including unbeaten Auckland Reactor three year old Chase Auckland. Chase Auckland has looked like a potential top-liner in his first two wins, beating strong fields and running quick sectionals. The field on Friday will be his biggest test to date, with several classy two year olds from last season entered for the race. Wilma's Mate, Great Things Happen and Bordeax are all having their first start back at the races this season in the Yaldhurst Hotel Canterbury Trotting Cup. All four classy trotters have the $300,000 Dominion Handicap in November as their major target. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Breeders Crown winner King Of Swing and Alta Maestro head a strong field at Cambridge in the first Northern Sires Stakes heat. Robert Dunn has labelled Alta Maestro one of the fastest horses he has trained, and the plan is to head South after the qualifying heat.   Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing super star Auckland Reactor may have cloned himself, judging by the way Chase Auckland demolished a nice field at Addington raceway tonight. Having his second race day start for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Chase Auckland cruised to another effortless victory over a strong field, winning by three lengths and pacing the 1950m mobile in a 1-56.5 mile rate. His closing splits were quick, with the last 800m cut out in 56.3 and the final 400m in a blistering 26.3 seconds which was the fastest last quarter of the night. Driver Natalie Rasmussen said on the All Stars website after the win, "He was really excellent tonight. He is a good horse. Not only has he got talent but he is a great wee racehorse with it. You can put him anywhere in the field and he just relaxes. It is not every horse at its second start you can have parked but he just does it." Natalie went on to say, "I think Michael (Purdon) deserves a lot of the credit. He has spent a lot of "one on one" time with Chase because he has had his moments but Michael has soft hands and is calm in the cart and it has had a lot of benefit for Chase Auckland." Chase Auckland (Auckland Reactor - Delicata) is owned by the Alabar Racing Syndicate, many of whom were on track tonight to cheer on the win. The Chase Auckland Alabar syndicate celebrate his second win  - Photo All Stars Stable Next up for the speedy 3yo is a heat of the NRM Sires Stakes Series on Friday 6th October at Addington.  Chase Auckland winning easily   Harnesslink Media Read more at www.allstarsracingstables.com  

Jonny Cox became the latest driver to win 500 races when he drove Rah De Rah which he also trains, to success in the Auckland Reactor At Alabar Mobile Pace at Winton today. He'd been sitting on 499 wins since June. "I wasn't too worry about it really. It was good to get it and move on," he said after the race. His first winner came on the Winton track almost fifteen years ago to the day when he reined the Tony Barron trained Godet to win. He compared the way races are driven these days to when he first started driving in 2002. "You used to be able to sit back and roar home and pick them up. Now they're running faster times and are faster off the front. You definitely need to be a lot handier these days." Win number 500 for Jonny Cox                                   - Photo Bruce Stewart                                                The former Southland driver has slowly migrated north. He was based out of Otago for a while and in recent years has worked for a number of Canterbury trainers. Up until this month he was working for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. He's also trained a small team of his own in the region.  "Happy to be a part of it (Canterbury Racing Scene). That's where it's at really. I've picked up some nice drives and had some good owners up there that have looked after me."  He rates the Dominion Handicap win on Jaccka Justy in 2014 as the highlight of his driving career. "I don't think I can top that."  Recently Cox became Tim Butt's new training partner in New Zealand as Butt looks to concentrate more on his Australian stable. "It's exciting and a new challenge. Tim has taken some nice horses to Australia but has left some nice ones here as well." Cox was Southland Junior Driver of the Year in 2005 with 40 wins and again in 2006 with 33 wins. He was also New Zealand's leading junior driver in 2005.  He rates Jasmyn's Gift, Lets Get Serious and Classic Cullen as some of the nicest horses he's driven outside of Jaccka Justy.  Later in the today's programme Cox drove the Brett Gray trained Jen Jaccka to win the Phillips Horse Transport Handicap Trot. Cox has a long association with Charlie and Ailsa Smaill who own Jen Jaccka, and has driven many of their horses over the years.  Winning in New Zealand record time - Jen Jaccka            - Photo Bruce Stewart Cox took the short way home in the race, and the six year old mare won easily by two and a quarter lengths in a new track, Southland and New Zealand record time of 3-00.9 for the 2400 metre stand. The previous track records were held by Spotlight The Valley (mares- 3-02.1), Santorini Sunset (open - 3-02.8) and the New Zealand record (mares) was held by her half-sister Jess Jaccka (3-01.9). Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing   Jonny Cox getting win 500

It could be an advantage to Heaven Rocks for the first major clash of the harness racing season. The biggest names in pacing -- Lazarus, Heaven Rocks and Have Faith In Me --- trialled at Rangiora on Wednesday, as their final public lead-ups to Addington on Friday week. And the way Heaven Rocks dealt to his two superstar stablemates suggests he could start favourite for their season-opening clash. Heaven Rocks displayed perfect manners not only at the start of the 2600m standing start but also at near full speed over the last 800m in 55 seconds. That was enough to see him overcome his 40m handicap to beat Robbie Burns, who started off the front, with Lazarus (40m) not asked for his maximum effort in third. Have Faith In Me galloped badly early and was fourth. While it was only a trial and Lazarus was not asked for his best, the ease with which Heaven Rocks won, suggested he is more forward than the NZ Cup winner, which driver and co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen was quick to confirm. “Lazarus has developed into a real stallion, very big and thick through the neck and the shoulder so he is taking a little longer to come up,” says Rasmussen. “And being a stallion, they often take a race or two to come to hand and get that fat out of them. “Whereas Heaven Rocks is a big, athletic horse, obviously not a stallion, and he is very forward. “His manners have been great this time in and I have done a lot of one on one work with him, which I think suits him because he is a very finicky horse. “So while we are very happy with them both, Heaven Rocks will probably be the more naturally forward of the two when they race next week. “Still, it will be hard to tip against Lazarus, because he always turns up on raceday.” The pair will makes their seasonal debuts in the $50,000 Canterbury Classic on Friday week, with Have Faith In Me certain to be among their rivals and Dream About Me also a possibility. That would make the race a serious early trial for the New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 14, with potentially only the Flying Stakes at Ashburton on October 23, likely to be as strong among the lead-up race. While nobody at the All Stars is panicking over Lazarus’s fitness, the consistently positive news about Heaven Rocks has seen him shorten into $2.60 with the NZ TAB for the Cup, while the defending champion is out to $2.30, suggesting they could be joint favourites in just over a week if Heaven Rocks resumes with a victory. Michael Guerin

Emerald Jewels 4yo winner Heaven Rocks showed he will be very hard to beat in this years Christchurch Casino Trotting Cup, with a dominant win today at the North Canterbury harness racing trials at Rangiora. The powerful All Stars Stable had a strong presence in todays trial with last years New Zealand Cup winner Lazarus and New Brighton Cup winner Have Faith In Me also entered in the race. All three Purdon/Rasmussen runners started from a 40m handicap. Lazarus and Heaven Rocks both made solid beginnings in the standing start trial and settled at the rear of the field, while Have Faith In Me made a mess of his start, breaking badly and adding 30m to his handicap.  Driver Natalie Rasmussen made a move with Heaven Rocks at the 500m mark to sit parked. He was simply too strong in the straight winning easily while Lazarus made up a lot of ground through the middle to run into third place.  This week the trial was run at a much faster clip, with Heaven Rocks pacing the 2600m stand in a quick 3-15.1 with a final 800m in 55.0 and 400m in 27.0 seconds The TAB bookmakers have reacted to the trial win by caving Heaven Rocks in to $2.60 in the NZ Cup Futures market, from an earlier quote of $3.00 before the trial. The favourite Lazarus has now drifted out 10 cents to $2.30  Earlier in the day, smart trotter Great Things Happen showed he would be a force to be reckoned with in the major trotting races this season, with a nine length win in his trial. Trainer Gavin Smith took the Love You six year old to the lead with a lap to go and he careered away in the straight to record an easy win by nine lengths.  Great Things Happen ran the 2600m in 3-22.4 for the 2600m stand with a quick last half in 57.2 seconds. Heaven Rocks winning todays trial (Apologies for the poor picture quality) Harnesslink Media

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