David Hayes Thoroughbred Horse Trainer
David Hayes Son Of Champion Horse Trainer Colin Hayes
It is something of a mildly bitter reality of sports that those with famous bloodlines seldom equal the feats of their forbearers.
In the field of horse racing, history is replete with example of great thoroughbreds that left little in the way of a legacy through any of their progeny. The same can be said of jockeys and trainers as well. David Hayes Horse Trainer Australia
One trainer, however, who seems to have escaped this fate, is David Hayes.
He has the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of his father, Colin Hayes, one of the most legendary preparers of gallopers that the sport of racing has ever seen. Son David seems to be doing more than alright by himself.
David Hayes of course got his start under his father’s supervision. David then took over the Lindsay Park branch of the operation, north of Sydney, in 1990.
Cox Plate Victory
He was to be the immediate beneficiary of Better Loosen Up’s W.S. Cox Plate victory, where he prepared the horse to produce the fastest winning time since the advent of the metric system in the early 70s and the Cox Plate’s distance being set at 2040 metres in 1986.
That was no one-and-done instance by any stretch, either. He produced six winners in one day at Flemington, and not just a typical day, but Derby Day. The following month he was responsible for a win in the Japan Cup.
In further evidence of his abilities, he can claim two wins in the Caulfield Cup that span 13 years. His first came in 1993 when Fraar crossed the line ahead of any others, and the second came in 2006 when it was Tawqueet that did the honours.
David Hayes notched a win in the race that truly defines greatness when he got Jeune into form for a victory in the 1994 Melbourne Cup, where he gave the ride to Wayne Harris and devised the winning strategy.
Melbourne Cup Wins Likely
Hayes needs one more Melbourne Cup victory to match his father, and then he can start his pursuit of Freedman and Cummings.
He also has the distinction of having supplied over 300 winners in one season, a statistic that Bart Cummings and Lee Freedman cannot claim.
David Hayes left for Hong Kong in 1996 and spent until 2006 there. He won two premierships during his Asian tenure, and was never lower than fourth amongst the trainers in that entire 10 year span. He prepped almost 500 winners in that time and produced over $400 million in prize money.
There have been numerous premierships achieved on the home front to go along with those earned on foreign soil.
He also prepared Anamato for an attempt in North America for the 2007 American Oaks in California, something that had not been attempted by an Australian bred and trained runner since Phar Lap won the 1932 Aqua Caliente Handicap.
David Hayes Well Deserved Reputation
David Hayes has also earned a well-deserved reputation for his work with up-and-coming horses.
He has the Golden Slipper Stakes of 2005 to his credit, courtesy of Miss Finland, a horse that would go on to win multiple Group 1 events over the course of her career and enjoy the distinction of being the second filly to win the Australian Guineas in 2006. He also has supplied five winners of the Blue Diamond Stakes between 1991 and 2008.
Since we first looked at David Hayes’s career in 2011, he has experienced something of a fall-off, at least in terms of Group 1 wins, but he is producing winners at a still-respectable rate.
So considerable have been his accomplishments, at least in the eyes of those who hold such thing in high regard, that he was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2008 and did not have to wait until he was either retired or dead to be so acknowledged.
It would be fairly safe to say that before all is said and done, David Hayes will supply more than a few prestigious race winners.