David took over the training operation at Lindsay Park at the start of the 1990-91 season at the age of 28, following his fathers retirement. During this first season, David won the Cox Plate (Australia’s G1 weight-for-age championship) with Better Loosen Up, set a world record of six Group winners in a day at Flemington on Derby Day and then won the Japan Cup (the world’s richest race at the time) with Better Loosen Up a month later.
In 1994, he won the Melbourne Cup with imported galloper Jeune (for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum) and by the end of the 1994-95 season, David had won every Melbourne and Adelaide Metropolitan Trainer’s Premiership and racked up an amazing 31 Group One wins.
David is now training in partnership with his nephew Tom Dabernig.
some career highlights
Wins the Cox Plate and Japan Cup and trained a world-record six Group winners on Derby Day.
David had won every Melbourne and Adelaide Metropolitan Trainer’s Premiership and racked up an amazing 31 Group One wins.
Hayes accepted an invitation to train in Hong Kong and had immediate success, winning two trainers titles
Returned to Australia after training more than 450 winners and multiple Group 1s in Hong Kong
Wins the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Criterion
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David Hayes was the youngest trainer ever to be inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame.