Woorim will miss the entire spring racing carnival due to a minor tendon injury.
The Show A Heart gelding sustained the injury to his off-fore tendon last week, which lead trainer Robert Heathcote to send him to the paddock immediately.
“Anything to do with a tendon can be serious but fortunately it is a minor problem,” Heathcote said.
“It happened last week and luckily we got to it in the very early stages.
“There has been no haemorrhaging and it’s not torn or ruptured, but, being a tendon we had no hesitation in taking him out of work.”
Woorim will now be placed back into work at the end of the year in time to contest next year’s autumn racing carnival.
Heathcote is hopeful that the Group 1 winning horse can make a successful return in 2013.
“Now that we’ve abandoned the spring, hopefully I can bring him back for the autumn,” he said.
“Mother Nature and time will be the best healer and hopefully I can get him back to possibly defend his Oakleigh Plate crown.”
It is a great disappointment for Heathcote’s spring hopes, with Woorim being his only horse to have delivered him an elusive Group 1 victory.
Woorim won the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate by a nose in first-up during the autumn, however, failed to place better than fifth in his next five starts.
Heathcote will now rely on Buffering as he travels down to Melbourne for the spring carnival.
“It’s disappointing but I guess having little Buffering in the stable makes it easier to get out of bed,” Heathcote said.
Solzhenitsyn and Hidden Kisses are also expected to travel down south from their Brisbane stables for the spring.
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