We are delighted to have had the Hayes/Dabernig team join our roster of trainers. The Flying Start Syndications’ team recently visited Lindsay Park and the facilities provided to the horses and staff are nothing short of world class.
David took over the training operation at Lindsay Park from his dad Colin 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 Gr 1 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.
In 1996, David accepted an invitation to train in the world’s toughest racing environment, Hong Kong. He was an immediate success, winning two Trainer’s Premierships (in the top four in each of his nine seasons) and training 458 winners including the G1 Hong Kong International Sprint (All Thrills Too in 2002) and the G1 Hong Kong Derby (Elegant Fashion in 2003) and 15 other Hong Kong Group Ones.
David returned to Lindsay Park in 2005 and has since secured another two Melbourne Metropolitan Trainer Premierships, three Adelaide Metropolitan Premierships and trained a further 40 Group One winners.
David Hayes and Tom Dabernig entered into an official training partnership under the Lindsay Park Racing banner on August 1, 2014.Two years on, David brought his eldest son Ben into the partnership on August 1, 2016. Ben is based in Adelaide and oversees interstate runners in both South Australia and NSW, while David and Tom continue their focus on Victoria.