Thomas Edison once quoted; “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense”
That brainy excerpt has several possible denotations however I think it sums up the successful career of Brendan Powell down to a tee.
The much respected Irishman has recently revealed his retirement from the training ranks. Powell, 59, spoke to the Daily Mail:
“I have no regrets about giving up training. Time has come to do something else with my life. I’ve been extremely lucky to have two successful careers in racing, especially as Jenny Pitman and David Gandolfo both said I’d never make a jockey”.
Powell produced an extraordinary performance in the saddle when winning the National for David Elsworth, Rhyme ‘N’ Reason was sent off the well-punted 10-1 second-favourite for the Aintree marathon race and in the process, he gave his followers an uncomfortable ride. He looked out of contention with an appalling blunder jumping Becher’s Brook the first time demoting him to the rear of the field, as he all but fell. Nevertheless, Powell kept his cool and by hook or by crook improved his position, being left in front after Little Polveir unseated Tom Morgan five fences from the finish. Rhyme ‘N’ Reason still appeared booked for minor honours after the strong-travelling Durham Edition moved threateningly alongside and thrusted clear – then there was an added twist in the plot, as Powell’s mount rallied and got back up to privilege for national glory, an unbelievable bit of horsemanship, almost far-fetched.
Powell also tasted success in the Scottish National, winning the big race at Ayr twice, aboard Roll-A-Joint in 1989 and Young Kenny 10 years later. From then onwards Powell went on to have a successful training career himself, enjoying prominent successes in Dubai with Dark Emerald.
Powell is the perfect example of the extract “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” We hope this gentleman of our beloved sport goes on and enjoys his retirement because he has earned every bit of it.