Woorim causes huge upset to win 2012 Oakleigh Plate

February 25th, 2012

The Robert Heathcote trained Woorim, a $22 chance, has caused a massive upset to win the 2012 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate. Woorim found himself last for most of the 1100m sprint race at Caulfield before showing an impressive turn of foot to run down and defeat his more fancied rivals including previously unbeaten Golden Slipper winner Sepoy.

Sepoy lead for the majority of the race and looked to be holding strong at the front but was tackled by Elite Falls, Facile Tigre and First Command before a flying Woorim come down the far outside of the field to snatch the victory by a nose. Elite Falls finished second ahead of Facile Tigre and First Command. Race favourite Sepoy ended up fifth and second favourite Bel Sprinter was sixth.

Today’s victory by Woorim is the first Group 1 win for Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote, who was ecstatic with the result.

“Back last against a crack field of sprinters like that you just don’t think you can win.

“(they’re all) pretty good horses and he ran them down.

“Wow, that’s a buzz,

“The Group 1; it’s the golden chalice for a trainer. It’s right up there with the highlights of my life.”

2012 Oakleigh Plate Results

Finish No Horse Jockey Trainer Wg Margin Odds
1st 4 WOORIM(8) Damian Browne Robert Heathcote 55.5 1-3.49 /$21
2nd 16 ELITE FALLS(17) Craig Newitt John O’Shea 52.0 0.1L /$51
3rd 7 FACILE TIGRE(16) Danny Nikolic Jason McLachlan 54.0 0.3L /$26
4th 5 FIRST COMMAND(2) Damien Oliver Anthony Freedman 54.5 0.5L /$18
5th 1 SEPOY(11) Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden 58.0 1.0L /$3.20F
6th 6 BEL SPRINTER(5) Ben Melham Jason Warren 54.0 1.5L /$3.30
7th 11 CURTANA(9) Luke Nolen Peter G Moody 52.5 1.6L /$13
8th 15 DIPLOMATIC FORCE(15) Dean Holland Wayne Nichols 52.0 1.9L /$91
9th 9 MASTER OF DESIGN(4) Craig Williams David Payne 53.0 2.0L /$21
10th 17 AFRICAN PULSE(7) Lisa Cropp Michael Moroney 52.0 2.5L /$16
11th 10 WINTER KING(6) Glen Boss David Payne 52.5 2.9L /$31
12th 14 STIRLING GROVE(13) Daniel Moor Richard Jolly 52.0 3.0L /$51
13th 8 YOSEI(1) Michelle Payne Stuart Webb 53.5 3.2L /$101
14th 18 JOHANNAPINE(14) Peter Mertens Mark Webb 52.0 3.6L /$71
15th 13 SATIN SHOES(3) Dean Yendall Clarry Conners 52.0 3.8L /$21
16th 3 GRAND NIRVANA(10) Brad Rawiller Fred Kersley 56.0 4.1L /$51
17th 2 EAGLE FALLS(12) Dwayne Dunn David Hayes 57.0 5.4L /$21
Src 12 PANIPIQUE Michael Walker Peter G Moody