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Hayes set for a return to Hong Kong

Steve Bennett in News 9 Sep 2019
  • David Hayes poised for a return to Hong Kong
David Hayes (PA Images)

Leading Australian trainer David Hayes is poised to return to Hong Kong in time for the 2020/2021 racing season.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) will hold a press conference at Sha Tin after trackwork on Tuesday morning when the official announcement is expected to be made and coincidentally, David Hayes took a flight to Hong Kong on Monday.

Hayes spent almost a decade training in Hong Kong where he celebrated 458 winners and was twice crowned premiership winning trainer.

Hayes announced in 2005 that he was returning to Australia however he did say that he would like to return to Hing Kong sometime in the future.

“I’m sure I’ll be back but I don’t know when yet” he said.  
“I’m not going back because Australia is a better place to train because Hong Kong is better”. 
“I would still like to come back – if the club would have me.”

That time, it appears, has now come.

Should Hayes be on deck next season, it will coincide with the departure of fellow Australian-born trainer John Moore who has been forced out of the game and the end of this season.

Moore is required to leave under the rules and regulations of the club which does not allow a trainer to continue once they turn 70 years of age.

Moore, currently 69, will reach that milestone in March next year.

Hayes turns 57 next month and with his prior experience in the Hong Kong circle has plenty more to offer as a trainer and should slide back into the scene with a minimum of fuss.

After nine years in Hong Kong, Hayes finished top-four in all nine seasons, taking the title in 1997/98 and again in 1998/99.


The David Hayes-trained Elegant Fashion

Hayes won 16 Group One events in that time and took out the 2003 Hong Kong Derby with the filly Elegant Fashion. 


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