Padmanabhan was encouraged by Don't Worry's triumph; made him not to give up
Padmanabhan was encouraged by Don't Worry's triumph; made him not to give up

Sadakshara Reuben  Padmanabhan, a young Indian, walked into Madras Race Course to learn the horse racing. His parents opposed his decision and he opposed his parents' concern. He prepared for his kick-off race when some managers were convinced to send five horses at his stable.

Unfortunately, his dreams were smashed to smithereens when the authorities pointed out that one needs to have at least six horses and ceased his license. The termination of license killed his hopes. Somehow, his destiny proved to be fortune when his license got restored. He won his maiden title by his ward Don't Worry.

He clinched almost 22 Derby and five Indian Turf Invitation trophies in his cupboard in four decades of his profession and became one of the most decorated trainers in the country. He once said, "The cancellation of my license left me heartbroken. But after a month, things got better. Don't Worry's triumph served as a message to me not to give up."

"Horses always fascinated me. I used to ride as an amateur and that is how I was attracted to racing," he continued. Padmanabhan becomes the first to be the only successful professional to have won five Invitation Cups after his trainer RR Byramji. He said, "It's good to be in the spotlight than to be in oblivion. We have won 33 percent of the Invitations which itself is a remarkable achievement."

"Initially I experimented with horses and then I started getting results. I was winning ordinary races and from 1991 I started winning classics. During the early days I was waiting for an entry to participate in the Invitation Cup but now we are trying to win the Invitation Cup itself."

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