Woorim Wins 2012 Oakleigh Plate – Heathcote Scores First Group 1


Woorim poduces upset win in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield

Rob Heathcote has finally scored his first Group 1 race with Woorim in the 2012 Oakleigh Plateat Caulfield racecourse today.

Woorim won the Oakleigh Plate 2012 by a nose in front of Elite Falls, who finished second, and Facile Tiger, who ran home for third.

Heathcote was over the moon following the race.

“Group 1 there it is, finally,” he said.

“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.”

Heathcote was unsure how Woorim would fare coming into the race.

“1,100 metres, we always figured it would be a bit short,” Heathcote said.

“He’s done the job today and wow what do you say?

“I’m as proud as punch and little Buffering ran his heart out last week behind the big mare (Black Caviar).”

Jockey Damien Browne was pleased to be able to deliver Heathcote with the Group 1 title he has wanted so much.

“It’s a great pleasure to get a ride today,” Browne said.

“I knew he hit the line strong.

“Thankfully he really struck his neck out.

“To get that for (Heathcote) today is a great thrill.”

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2012 Oakleigh Plate Race Results & Finishing Order

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