David Hayes has announced that he will be entering into an official training partnership with his nephew Tom Dabernig that will begin at the start of the 2014/2015 racing season on August 1.
Dabernig has been a member of the Lindsay Park team since 1993 and he worked alongside his grandfather and legendary trainer Colin Hayes before he took charge of developing the Euroa property into a key part of the Lindsay Park operation.
Dabernig took out his own training license in 2006 and looked after a small team of horses, but remained a part of the Lindsay Park team and in 2009 he took over as Hayes’s official assistant trainer in 2009.
Hayes paid credit to all the work that Dabernig has done in turning Lindsay Park into a cutting edge training facility and the hall-of-fame trainer said that he was delighted to give him the opportunity and recognition that he deserves after 21 years of service.
“It will be business as usual, but I feel partnerships are the way forward,” Hayes said in a statement.
“Some of my own golden years were training in partnership with my father and brother.
“I believe Tom deserves the opportunity.
“My three sons show a keen interest to be in the business, but that is a number of years away and in the interim, I wish to share the success with Tom to give him the recognition he deserves and hopefully lay a foundation for his future, should he chose to someday pursue any overseas training opportunities which may arise”.
Dabernig said that he was excited to be given the opportunity to train alongside his uncle and is looking forward to continuing the legacy of the stable as well as building towards the future.
“I have always had a great working relationship with David,” Dabernig said.
“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to train in partnership with not only a Hall of Fame trainer, but one who has created a world class training facility.
“We have an amazing team of staff and I am very proud of the fact that I will be training for our long term Lindsay Park clients and building relationships with our new ones.”
The Hayes stable has not recorded a win at Group 1 level since Eagle Falls took out the 2011 edition of the Oakleigh Plate (1100m), but they have a strong tram heading towards 2014 Spring Racing Carnival; with the likes of Gregers, Jet Away and Pago Rock all set to compete at the highest level of racing.