To know Darryl is to know he was not going to stay away from horses until 21. He kept his hand in with ways he is happy not to mention today, but that experience was crucial when the badge was in place.
“The first horse I had, Tommy Boy, ran a couple of placings then won three straight.” The train had pulled out of the station.
“Once horses and racing are in your blood, it’s in your blood, full stop. My grandparents had been taking me to the races since I was six.”
That was in Townsville and his best mate back in those school days, Johno Lees, remains just that today.
“We played sport together and we’d laugh at anything. It’s exactly the same today.”
When the Lees decided to get into ownership (previous story) there was going to be only one trainer. And with shares in six horses in the Hansen stable today, a whole bunch of fun has been enjoyed.
“Racing at times can test your patience, so it’s important you make it fun. The critical point of that is that you actually can.”