American author Napoleon Hill once said, “every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit” and veteran trainer Graham Brown is hoping that will prove the case at Rosehill on Saturday.
Hill was known best for his book Think and Grow Rich which, today, 84 years after it was published is one of the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.
Brown, who is Warwick Farm’s longest serving trainer, hopes the famous quote will prove to again be true on Saturday when he saddles up Admit It in The Agency Real Estate Benchmark 78 Handicap (2400m) this weekend.
The 78-year-old who only has four in work hasn’t had a city winner this century, but last month Admit It was the first horse past the post before being disqualified when jockey Reece Jones weighed in 1.4kg light.
Brown was fined $5000 for failing to include the lead bag and that’s where “every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit” kicks in.
Because Admit It was disqualified at Warwick Farm, he remains a Benchmark 66 horse and will meet Brown Thomas and Kaapfever, the horses he beat, 1.5kg and 3.5kg better at the weights this time.
“Hopefully that dark cloud has a silver lining,” Brown said.
“Maybe it might prove a blessing in disguise.
“The prizemoney was good at Warwick Farm but it’s twice as good on Saturday and the race doesn’t look too much harder on paper.”
Kaapfever went some way to franking the form last week when narrowly going down to Sweet Thomas in the Stayers Cup over 3200m, while Saturday’s contest also sees the progressive and impressive recent winner No Compromise set to line up.
“My bloke will go forward with no weight and he’ll give some cheek,” he said.
“He’s going well, he’s come on terrific from the last run and I’m due.
“It would be pretty good to win another race at Rosehill. It’s been a while, back in the 1980 I think was my last winner there.
“We own a bit of him to so the prizemoney won’t hurt.”
Tyler Schiller takes the reins aboard Admit It on Saturday and TAB Fixed Odds have the gelding priced at $6.50.
Originally published as Famous quote helps trainer move on from lost city win