Work The Room To Have Melbourne Spring Carnival Trial

August 3rd, 2011

Robert Heathcote will be trialling Work The Room for a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign when he competes at Doomben this Saturday August 6, 2011.

The trainer had originally decided against travelling the six-year-old gelding south for the spring, however, he believes Work The Room has finally overcome the feet problems that have plagued him during his entire career.

“He’s got unusual-shaped feet and it’s been a battle to get them right,” Heathcote said.

“A lot of the credit for fixing his feet goes to my farrier, Chris McMullen.

“Woorim was in the same boat as Work The Room and had a lot of feet problems early on before Chris managed to fix him.”

Work The Room will be running in Saturday’s 2,200 metre Liftronic – Elevators & Escalators Handicap.

Despite the fact he has never run a race over 1,700 metres in the past, Heathcote is not concerned about the step up in distance.

“He’s a half-brother to Zipping so he should easily run a middle distance,” Heathcote said.

The much loved Zipping was sadly retired this week after failing to recover from a serious leg injury he sustained following his CF Orr Stakes performance in the autumn.

Heathcote will wait until after this weekend to decide whether or not to add Work The Room to his Melbourne spring carnival team, which already consists of Woorim, Buffering, Funtantes, Our Lukas and Fillydelphia.

“I haven’t ruled out sending this horse to Melbourne with the others and it’s early days yet,” Heathcote said.

“I liked the way he won the Listed race last start when he ran a sub-1.35.

“Any horse who runs that sort of time is pretty good.

“To go to Melbourne he’ll need to win on Saturday and if he does, I’ll freshen him up and send him south with the others.”

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