Heaven Rocks and Natalie Rasmussen winning at Addington last Friday. Photo: Race Images.
The prognosis for New Zealand Trotting Cup second favourite Heaven Rocks was looking a lot brighter this morning (Saturday), 24 hours after he appeared in serious doubt to make the start line.
Heaven Rocks disappointed when fast worked on Friday morning and blood tests showed he may be in the early stages of a virus, prompting the All Stars Stable to advise stewards that he may have to be scratched from the Cup over the weekend.
However, Heaven Rocks appears to have responded to treatment and was much brighter this morning with further blood tests also showing improvement.
Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have delayed making a call on Heaven Rocks until after he has fast worked tomorrow (Sunday).
Nathan Purdon has been engaged to drive Have Faith In Me in the Cup but should Heaven Rocks be scratched, Rasmussen will transfer to the horse she won the Miracle Mile in Sydney with.