Gollan suffered from cancer for around 15 years before his death, but you would not know it, being a regular at the racetrack as he battled the illness.
“He was genuine, decent and would do anything for you if you asked,” Bogenhuber said.
“He was the toughest man I knew; when he was very sick, he would turn up every day without fail.
“He had love for the animals as well, he just loved the horses like his own kids.
“He has left a real legacy in the racing community in Toowoomba.”
With Gollan’s sparkling record with two-year-olds, Bogenhuber explained that she learnt so much towards being a better horsewoman through her work with the babies at his stable.
In turn, that was passed on to Gollan’s son Tony, who has developed into Queensland’s leading trainer for some time, picking up Group 1 and black-type races regularly.
Toowoomba Turf Club CEO Lizzy King pushed for her club to host the memorial raceday, declaring Gollan was so important to the local community and missed the opportunity to celebrate his life with the restrictions 12 months ago.
The club are expecting more than 400 people to come together at Clifford Park for the occasion.
A Darryl Gollan memorial race will be run, which the Club hope will become an annual tradition, and are planning a special presentation of the trophy following the first running of the race.
Toowoomba Chairman Kent Woodford provided examples where Gollan was ahead of his time in the racing industry and brought new eyeballs to the sport.
“With all the syndication of horses, which is common now, Darryl got the Toowoomba business community involved in racing - many people that had never been in horses before,” Woodford said.
“He got a lot of people involved in racing that are still in it to this day.
“That changed the landscape and how it was done here.
“Darryl had a lot of forethinking ideas that are in place now, he always spoke about making country meetings TAB instead of the non-TAB and just a forward thinker and ahead of his time.”
Gollan also was a big supporter of female jockeys in the early days, when it was a more male-dominated job, Woodford said.
While Gollan is best known for his efforts training, he was also a successful businessman, owning pubs and hotels over the years.
Woodford had one of his few arguments with Gollan in one of his pubs.
The Toowoomba Turf Club had recently closed the “trainers bar” and when committee member Woodford rolled in for lunch one day, Gollan gave him a fair spray to show his disapproval.
“He was a great supporter of the Club going back in the cushion track days, Darryl and Tony were not in favour of it,” Woodford said.
“We struggled for nominations, but Tony and Darryl supported it even though they disagreed about the track, just to support the club.”
As fellow veteran trainer Dann says, there would not be many around Toowoomba that have a bad word to say about Gollan, everyone from track work riders to staff at the club loved being in his presence.
Gollan was an excellent communicator, Dann thinks, which helped his business in the pub game as well.
Dann says the Darryl Gollan Memorial Raceday on Friday April 16 at Clifford Park will be a fitting tribute to the man who made a sizeable contribution to the Darling Downs area over a number of decades.