A Dependant was the best horse her father ever trained, going around on 97 occasions, with the gelding running inside the top three 49 times.
Retired and now a 13-year-old, A Dependant won from the sprint trip up to staying events and Danielle says the versatile gelding was a special horse for Dennis.
“He was probably his most successful, he won more than 20 races for him and lots of those were in country cups,” Danielle said.
“He was the Cups king they used to call him.
“He loved the girl jockeys and three female jockeys that rode him, they all got pregnant not long after they won on him – he had a special touch.”
The O’Brien name is synonymous around the Barcoo Amateur Race Club, as is the last name Banks.
Local horse owner, breeder and breaker Paul Banks has been the president of the Club for over two decades, with his wife Kylie the secretary.
Kylie was asked to become the secretary 20-odd years ago and has not looked back since.
She did not have a background in racing before marrying into the Banks family, but she certainly does now.
“Paul and his family, they have had racehorses their entire lives,” Banks said.
“The Banks family, they have had a lifetime history of racing, going back to their great grandfather.
“They have had some good horses - a few champions - who went down to Brisbane and raced, including Miss Petty – who was a famous bush horse.”
Miss Petty was most certainly a champion of bush racing.
She created history in 1989 when she set a new Australasian record for 22 consecutive wins on the racetrack.
That record was eventually broken by the legend Black Caviar in 2012, and again knocked off by Winx in 2018.
Like the Banks' and O’Briens - trainer Charlie Prow is also a well-known racing identity in the region, training for over 50 years, before riding as a jockey before that.
A handful of trainers use the track itself at Blackall, as well as the pool to work their horses and race around the surrounding areas on a consistent basis.
“The club is going well, we have a good committee and membership group right now,” Banks said.
“We are a pretty social area out here, so we get good crowds at the races no matter what.”
As a first-year trainer, Danielle says the locals have helped her along the journey in the early stages of the game, with other local trainers offering advice and help when required.
When Dennis passed away, Danielle took a break from the horses and moved on many of her father’s stable to other trainers in the region.
But, after time spent away from the track in the morning, she eventually got the bug back in November of last year.
As a track work rider and stable hand for her father in the months before he passed, there were times Dennis was too sick to attend the races or track work in the morning, so Danielle was basically training herself anyway in the last period of his life.
She eventually got the tick of approval from authorities for her own licence and has two horses in work, including Spallina, who is likely to go around on Saturday.
“I have been around the horses all my life, Dad had horses since I was born,” she said.
“I started riding track work for dad eight years ago, it has just become the norm in my life.”
Ahead of the five race program this weekend, local trainers have noted the dirt track should race in perfect fashion following recent rain in the region.
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