From a young age, David followed his dad around constantly in the stables and at the track, observing and learning from him as much as he could.
When he was old enough, he served a thorough apprenticeship by helping out in the stables where he experienced every aspect of the business. He spent time with the vets, and farriers, and he rode trackwork, strapped horses and mucked out stables.
After a brief flirtation with a professional sporting career - David was a State Champion Triple-jumper and placed third at the National titles. He also played in a premiership with Central Districts under-19s side in the South Australian National Football League, he joined the business full-time and began working side by side as an Assistant Trainer with his father from the age of 21.
David took over the training operation at Lindsay Park at the start of the 1990-91 season at the age of 28, following Colin’s retirement. During this first season, David won the Cox Plate 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 with Better Loosen Up a month later.
In 1994, he won the Melbourne Cup with imported galloper Jeune 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 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.
Lindsay Park Eurora is strategically positioned to target provincial racing in Victoria and southern New South Wales as well as metropolitan races in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Lindsay Park has the best of both worlds - luxurious, yet practical country and city facilities, utilised to suit individual needs of individual horses.
David Hayes is the proprietor and head trainer at Lindsay Park Racing Stables. In his 26 year training career, David has trained in excess of 3000 winners, including 82 Group One wins. He has won most of Australia’s major races including the Melbourne Cup (Jeune in 1994), Caulfield Cup (Fraar in 1993 and Tawqeet in 2006), Cox Plate (Better Loosen Up 1990 and Fields of Omagh in 2006) and the Golden Slipper (Miss Finland in 2006), Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Criterion in 2015) and Australian Cup (Spillway in 2015).
David is the youngest trainer ever to be inducted in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.
Lindsay Park Racing team recent Group one success include CATCHY (MRC Blue Diamond Stakes), SHEIDEL (MRC Oakleigh PLATE), VEGA MAGIC (SAJC Goodwood Stakes, MRC Memsie Stakes), HARLEM (VRC Australian Oaks) and REDKIRK WARRIOR (VRC Newmarket Handicap -twice, VRC Black Caviar Lighting).