DAVID Hayes - currently champion trainer in Melbourne and Adelaide - will be in Hong Kong next month on a fact-finding mission. Hayes, who begins training in the territory at the beginning of the 1995-96 season, said the trip would be the first of 'regular visits' for him to Hong Kong. 'There is a lot to be done before I settle down in Hong Kong,' Hayes said. 'I want to have talks with representatives of the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club to establish just what is involved and what I need to do. I will also be wanting to meet with prospective clients. 'It will be very important for me to get to know the owners before I actually start training for them.' Hayes said he planned to take up residence in Hong Kong from early in June. 'There will be a lot for me to learn and to learn quickly, if I'm going to be successful,' he said. 'I will need to know the horses in my stable and their idiosyncrasies. 'Also, training in Hong Kong will be a totally new concept for me, so I will need to learn the best way of bringing my horses to their peak. 'There is no doubt that, because of the change in climatic conditions and the new environment, I will need to adjust my training methods to suit the local conditions.' Hayes - winner of the trainers' premierships in Adelaide and Melbourne in each of the four seasons he has had a licence - would like to retain his titles in the 1994-95 season. However, he realised he had a tough assignment ahead. At present he is six winners behind Lee Freedman on the Melbourne premiership and is sharing the lead, with Russell Cameron, in Adelaide. 'There will probably be six or seven weeks of the premiership remaining when I leave but, if I was in front, I think I'd be hard to beat because most of the major stables are pretty quiet around that time,' he said. 'As a rule you don't find the leading stables training many winners so, if I am in front then, I could quite possibly win both titles again. 'But, while I would naturally like to win the championships again, it won't be the end of the world if I don't. 'I have to expect to make some sacrifices by going to Hong Kong and I suppose that would be one of them.' Interestingly, Lee Freedman was not that concerned whether he won the Melbourne premiership. 'In the 10 years or so that I've been training I've always made winning the major races my main objective,' Freedman said. 'The number of winners I train in a season is not that important to me. 'What I feel counts most, as far as I am concerned anyway, is the number of stakes races we win.' A feature of the 1993-94 season in Sydney was the performance, so far, of the legendary Tommy Smith's daughter Gai Waterhouse. Now in her fourth season as a trainer, Waterhouse had prepared 30 winners from her stable's first 128 runners. That put her in second place, six winners behind John Hawkes, the defending champion.