Adam Durrant will be crowned Western Australia’s leading trainer at the WAROA racing awards on Saturday night.
Durrant is no stranger to visiting the dais, he has done it on seven previous occasions since claiming his first title in the 2009-10 season.
It’s a significant achievement for a man of young years and positions him comfortably alongside the elite of WA racing.
Durrant shares third billing with Lou Luciani on the all-time list, is two away from Bob Burns and is rapidly closing in on Neville Parnham’s 13 victories.
But when it comes time to delivering his victory speech, you can bet he will modestly deflect a fair portion of the attention and spotlight to others.
Despite being the talisman and figure head of a successful stable set-up, Durrant credits his support network as the driving force behind his accomplishments.
“Credit to all the staff and everyone,” Durrant said on Tabradio.
“Everyone behind me, like the farriers, your veterinary surgeons, your teeth men, all those people behind the scenes are what makes the difference and obviously your ground staff and riders.
“It’s certainly not something one person can do, my name is in place and the buck stops with me, but it’s a great team effort all round.
“You need good support, you need good staff and you need staff you can trust.
“They learn the system and also don’t waver from it and think they know better.”
Durrant’s total trust in his staff and the systems put in place was put into practice two years ago when he took a hiatus from training.
His passion for the job was dimmed, but not lowered. For a young man in the prime of his life, he explored other opportunities.
After being involved with horses for most of his life, Durrant took a break, but it wasn’t long before he was lured back to what he knows best.
“There is more to life than obviously the horses,” Durrant said.
“I was riding track work since I was ten and 11 years-old before I would go to school.
“It sort of been constant watching mum and dad work their arses off.
“It’s a tough game and I thought it was a good time while the stable was going good to have that break.
“But certainly while I was away it didn’t take me too long to get interested again.
“It was testament to the stable that I knew I could go away.
“It wasn’t long into my break I knew where my heart still laid.”
Durrant prepared a career-best 79 metropolitan winners in the 2018-19 season, 22 clear of runner’s up Grant and Alana Williams.
He hopes to get off to a flying start when a new season commences at Belmont on Saturday
“I really love a horse Blackwater Bay, but it might be a fraction short for him,” Durrant said.
“But I have a big opinion of him and his brother is in as swell, Black Russian.
“Hopefully the brothers can get a double for us early in the season.”
Blackwater Bay debuts in the Tabtouch-Better Your Bet Plate (1400m).
Black Russian chases a winning hat trick in the Walter Harmer 70th Birthday Handicap (2000m).