Hansen quits Mackay for Brisbane
What he claims are false promises and frustration with north Queensland’s weather have prompted Mackay trainer Darryl Hansen to move permanently to Brisbane.
Hansen has made several successful visits to Brisbane in recent times, most notably with the Lloyd Williams cast-off Essington who made it six wins from 12 starts with his latest victory at Eagle Farm last month.
His latest Brisbane winner, Aladah, has been nominated for the Listed Carlton Draught Classic (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Aladah claimed her fifth career win in a 1200-metre class six at Doomben earlier this month.
The five-year-old mare is likely to gain a start in the Carlton Draught following decisions from Sydney trainer Peter Snowden and Newcastle’s Kris Lees not to head north with Kanzan and Zingaling.
Kembla trainer Paul Murray also won’t go to Brisbane with topweight Phenomenal Lass if forecasts for rain eventuate.
“She might be thrown in at the deep end but it’s a Listed race and she’s gone ahead since her Doomben win,” Hansen said of Aladah.
Hansen, who has been training for almost 20 years, has had enough of promises he claimed the Mackay Turf Club had failed to fulfil.
“They’ve made a lot of false promises concerning stabling for years and haven’t produced,” Hansen said.
“There’s no stabling in Mackay which is built for the climate.
“I’ve been training in Mackay for three years and nothing stays dry.
“It’s a hard place to train horses because of the wet weather but I can work around that.
“But I can’t train horses standing in wet boxes so I’ve had enough and I’m moving to Brisbane next week.”
Hansen already has 26 boxes at his satellite stable at Hendra, on Brisbane’s northside, to complement his larger stable in Mackay.
“By the end of next week I hope all the boxes in Brisbane will be full but I’ll need to spell a few,” he said.
Hansen, who was runner-up in the Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay trainers’ premierships last season, will bring stable riders Dale Missen and mature-aged apprentice Rod Sue-San with him to Brisbane.
Missen, 30, was a former champion apprentice in country Victoria before moving to Queensland three years ago.
He won Racing Queensland’s Provincial and Country jockey award in 2008 after registering 60 wins on the country circuit.
His biggest win was on the Hansen-trained Stage Shaker in the 2008 Mackay Cup.