Little Remains Patient With Work The Room

Nov 27, 2009

All things going well, Work The Room will race over the autumn carnival but don't expect him to be thrown into the deep end too quickly.

That's the message from trainer Colin Little who's patience is optimised by his decision to abort the lightly-raced four-year-olds spring preparation after suffering "three or four little separate setbacks."

"There were little problems with his feet, a little problem with ringworm disease and each one of them cost us a week or so and at the end of the day we were behind, trying to catch up for the spring," Little told The Virtual Formguide.

"Being mindful of the fact that if you do race in the spring and you do get to Melbourne Cup Day, you only get a week in the paddock before you get ready for the autumn.

"So we just decided we were playing catch-up and he's a class 3 horse.

"It's fairly hard to take on the best around when you're not at your top," he added.

Work The Room is currently stabled at Peter Morgan's Whittlesea property doing some light work on the water walker.

The son of Bel Esprit was sold for $160,000 at the Easter Yearling Sale and is a half-brother to three-time winner of the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) Zipping.

"One of the issues he had was a little problem with his feet and interestingly Zipping has the same problem," he said.

"He's a nice horse, a promising horse."

"I'll just take him along quietly, I don't know where we'll finish up," Little said before adding "I don't want to be saying Australian Cups or anything like that - we'll just see how things go."

Work The Room is unbeaten from two starts. Sensationally backed on debut- from $3.70 into a $1.90 favourite - at Ballarat in a maiden over 1100m, he won in effortless fashion.

The gelding was even more impressive at Sandown Hillside in a three-year-old handicap over 1300m a couple of weeks later, when he rattled home down the outside from last position to win and in doing so, completed his last 800m under 47 seconds.