Hong Kong comeback beckons Hayes

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Big name Australian trainer David Hayes is set to make a comeback to the training ranks in Hong Kong next season.

Hayes trained for nine seasons between 1996 and 2005 in Hong Kong, winning two trainers’ premierships during that period while finishing in the top four every other season. With the imminent retirement of John Moore next season, Hong Kong is yearning for an apt replacement, and Hayes has the prerequisites to fill the void.

Hayes claimed 17 Group 1 wins in his time in Hong Kong and he has been a big player in Australia with behemoth operation that is Lindsay Park Racing – with nephew Tom Dabernig and son Ben – since returning.

Since commencing his training career in 1990, Hayes has a total of 93 Group 1 winners to his name, has won the Melbourne trainers’ premiership seven times and the Adelaide trainers’ premiership on nine occasions.

Meanwhile, jockey Alexis Badel has been granted a license for the period from 1 November 2019 to 28 February 2020, while Silvestre de Sousa will ride for the period from 17 November 2019 to 31 January 2020.