David Hayes


David Hayesi

David Hayes is the son of legendary Australian trainer Colin Hayes and is a Hall of Fame member in his own right. He took out his own licence in 1990 and quickly established himself as one of the best handlers in the country, winning a host of Group Ones - including the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. He moved to Hong Kong in 1996 and had plenty of success in a decade-long stint, winning two titles and the Hong Kong Derby with Elegant Fashion. After returning to Australia for 15 years, he is back in Hong Kong from the start of the 2020-21 season.


Trainer is optimistic Class Three sprinter can bounce back from last week’s scratching and that his sons will bring ‘Australia’s best miler’ to HKIR

David Hayes-trained speedster must win or go close in the Class Two Nurturing Talent Handicap (1,200m) if he’s to push onto his first Group One test later this month

John Size’s galloper tries to match Tony Millard’s 2000 champion as the least experienced victor of the prestigious contest since its distance increase

Connections of Hong Kong’s highest-rated galloper without a local victory are hoping he switches off early, switches on late and wins at Sha Tin on Sunday

Seven-year-old becomes the first horse to win the 1,000m dash on multiple occasions, backing up last year’s victory with another impressive showing at Sha Tin on Saturday

After a string of placed efforts since saddling his last winner, the Australian trainer hopes one of his stable stars can bounce back to top form this weekend

Improving sprinter will have one more trip to Happy Valley and if he impresses there, he will stretch out to 1,200m for the Sha Tin Vase on May 22