Outsider Woorim has offered top Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcote his very first Group One win in magnificent fashion in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.
Unwinding a whirlwind complete from previous at the 300 metres, the 6-year-old commenced at $ 21 and snatched triumph in the really previous certain in a blanket-finish where only a size separated the initial five horses.
3-yr-old Sydney filly Elite Falls ($ 51) arrived from 2nd previous to fall short by a brief 50 percent-head although an additional Brisbane galloper, Facile Tigre ($ 26), was a head absent third.
First Command ($ 18) finished fourth and champion 3-year-old and $ three.20 favourite Sepoy, who led, was brave carrying 58kg and completed fifth.
Bel Sprinter ($ three.30) lost his chance when he missed the begin and was sixth, one-one/2 lengths from the winner.
A former Contiki tour guidebook, Heathcote has won the very last two Brisbane trainers’ premierships but mentioned winning his very first Group One particular was his biggest occupation achievement.
“There it is, eventually,” Heathcote said.
“It really is a Group One, it’s the golden chalice for a coach and appropriate up there with the highlights of my life with the typical cliches like the start of our children and all of that.”
“I’m as proud as punch.”
Heathcote and jockey Damian Browne both feared the 1100 metres would be as well brief for Woorim who has won 11 of his 37 will start, with five of them at 1400 metres and one at 1500 metres.
“Back last against a crack subject of sprinters like that you just do not think you can win,” Heathcote said.
“Then coming to the home change I observed the orange cap pop out and Damian Browne on best.
“He (Browne) is aware of what the horse is able of doing.
“I didn’t know, to be sincere, when they hit the line if he acquired up but I knew he was coming that quick.
“What a buzz.
“The owners Ross and Judy Cutts have been to the top rated of Everest but it is my initial Group 1 and special thank you to them for helping me get there”
Browne said the Oakleigh Plate was operate at a frenetic pace and he had Woorim under the whip just 300 metres immediately after the commence to consider to get him to preserve up.
“They went genuine speedy and he was flat out the total journey,” Browne mentioned.
“He was underneath the stick at the half-mile (800m) but I knew he would hit the line strongly.
“I was just anxious about how considerably start I was offering them and just short of the article I assumed I might have given them two strides as well a lot.
“It was touch and go whether he got there but thankfully he trapped his head out.”
Woorim was having his initial begin since finishing a luckless seventh to Albert The Unwanted fat in the Group One Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in November.
He has now firmed from $ 31 to $ thirteen with TAB Sportsbet for the Team One Newmarket Handicap (1200m) which will be his subsequent start at Flemington on March ten.
Sepoy did the tough function in entrance and his Australian farewell before leaving for Dubai was complete of merit.