"The terrific trio of Australian racing, David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig just keep raising the bar"
Primarily based out of their Euroa farm, the Lindsay Park racing team won the 2016-17 Fred Hoysted Medal for outstanding training when preparing a Group 1 double of Catchy and Sheidel on Blue Diamond Stakes Day last February.
The Hayes name has been associated with training since 1947 when David's father, Colin, first saddled up a runner in South Australia. Since then, the family has had its ups and downs, most notably when David's brother Peter, then the head of Lindsay Park, was tragically killed in a 2001 plane crash, while the Euroa farm was almost destroyed by a 2014 bushfire that also almost claimed David's life.
David Hayes has carried on through it all, achieving success wherever he's gone. Now with Ben and Tom beside him, Lindsay Park seems destined to be a force for decades to come. And, as they share the load, Ben still has time for the odd footy game here and there.
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