Darren, the younger brother of Dizzy, did not take long to move out of his famous brother’s shadow. In 1992 he won both the Stawell and the Victory Handicap 1600m and followed this up in the following year with a win in the One Mile Vichealth Stakes.

Further wins came in 1997 when he won the Herb Hedemann Invitation and in 1998 when his fifth Stawell sash came from his victory in the Pura Milk Backmarkers 3200m.