One man's pain is another man's gain and Terry Robinson is making the most of preparing Al Dhafra, set to tackle the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400 metres) at Randwick on Saturday.
Handed the horse just before his huge first-up win, 70 weeks after last racing, Robinson has set his sights on the quantum leap from an Open Handicap at Moruya to stakes company at Randwick.
The now seven-year-old won the Listed Carbine Club Stakes (1600 metres) back in 2010 while in Guy Walter's care, but it was a bizarre set of circumstances that led to him landing at Robinson's Shoalhaven Heads base.
Al Dhafra was sensationally scratched at Randwick in July after stewards received a tip-off the horse, in Goulburn trainer Wayne Hudd's name, was actually being prepared on the trotting premises of Dennis Day.
Day was unlicensed and in the process of applying for his thoroughbred trainer's licence, prompting the horse to be shifted to Robinson.
"I did get the horse in very good order because he was ready to race," Robinson said. "He did have 10 days off after I got him and he took a while to settle in.
"I didn't trial the horse, but he did have two trials when the boys had him. I must say I wasn't overly confident first up, but it is a big effort to win over 1425 [metres] after so long.
"He's obviously got a bit of class on his side and he's a lovely horse."