JUST two years ago at a post Gold Coast Suns match social gathering recruit Campbell Brown was introduced to two loyal supporters.
Brown, 29, had always had a love of horse racing and the two businessmen brothers, David and Luke Henderson, were just as keen on the sport of kings as the footballer.
As the discussion progressed the brothers said it would be a great idea if Brown joined them in the ownership of a racehorse to be purchased at the upcoming Magic Millions sale.
''I was very keen and enjoyed the guys' company and racing horses wasn't new to me as I had raced horses with some of the guys back at Hawthorn,'' Brown said.
''So all three of us studied the catalogue and a week before the sale we kept inspecting her [Sweet Idea] and we got keener by the day.''
On that Saturday afternoon the Magic Millions 2YO Classic was taken out by the Henderson brothers' youngster No Looking Back and for a little over five minutes the group was ecstatic.
But the joy cruelly turned with stewards upholding a protest, relegating the two-year-old to second position.
''They were so devastated and I can understand why. First past the post and then to lose it in the stewards room,'' Brown said.
''They were so upset that they said they wouldn't attend the sales that night where the Snitzel filly that they were so keen on was being sold.
''I thought to myself well I suppose people will drive them mad all night so after the last race I shot over to the sale yards and it seemed that within the twinkling of an eye I was sitting next to Gai Waterhouse, who trained for the Henderson brothers.
''As the filly came into the ring I told Gai that I was going to buy it and once the bidding got going I was determined to get her … and we did for $240,000.
''It was strange really. Gai turned around to me quizzically and said 'Campbell, are you taking all of this filly?', and I said 'No, no, no the Hendersons and I and a few friends will be owning her,'' he said.
A year later and Brown can't wait for today's Magic Millions Classic. Their $240,000 purchase Sweet Idea is a $15 chance to win the $2 million event.
The Hawthorn 2008 premiership player says that even though the prizemoney for the race is immense he couldn't help himself by taking the $41 on offer when markets opened.
Brown, in his third year with the Gold Coast Suns, will not play until round seven due to suspension.
This week has indeed been a busy one for the son of legendary player and coach Mal Brown.
''Training started this week and I'm intent on getting as fit as I can even though my season starts late. But Saturday could be one of the biggest days I've had owning racehorses.''
But Brown, one of the most popular players at the young club, has always had an intense interest in racing horses and over the past three years has managed to convince club captain Gary Ablett, Nathan Bock and Karmichael Hunt into racing horses.
''We've got one with Peter Moody called Scoreboard Pressure but we've had it for two years and still hasn't raced, but while the boys are getting a bit anxious Peter assures us that the wait will be worth it,'' he said.
Although born in Perth, Brown moved to Melbourne with his family at the age of nine and was educated at Scotch College in Hawthorn and was later drafted by the Hawks largely for his ferocious attack on the ball.
Brown believes that Sweet Idea is in the mix for Saturday's race and believes the Waterhouse polish is a vital ingredient to success later today.
''It's amazing really. While she's a great trainer she's also a fabulous person to deal with and is always available if we've got a query about what's happening with the horse,'' he said. ''It's quite unbelievable to think that a chance meeting with a few supporters after a game on the Coast has evolved into being the owners of a live chance in a Magic Millions.''
Brown says that the vibe on the Coast in the week leading up to the race has been extraordinary and feels that he's very much a part of the Gold Coast culture.
During the arduous return to fitness Brown this week told the young list of players that he would propose a club holiday if his two-year-old managed to win the Magic Millions.
''It got a big laugh and it probably shows you how serious I am about what it means for me to win this race,'' he said.
''Unfortunately my idea of a public holiday has been scuttled as Bluey [Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna] went and arranged a 2-kilometre trial on Monday morning. As much as I'd like it to be changed I think the public holiday idea is all but buried.''