Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes officially took over the training reins on 10th July, 2020. As grandsons of Colin Hayes, Tom and Ben continue the Lindsay Park tradition. With David’s relocation to train in Hong Kong, he leaves the family legacy in good hands.
David’s nephew Tom, now head trainer at Lindsay Park, joined the training partnership in 2014 and is based at Lindsay Park’s Euroa facility. Having grown up at Lindsay Park, Angaston, as a youngster, Tom gleaned all he could from his grandfather, Colin Hayes. Tom then became a valuable member of the Angaston racing stable team in 1993 under the watchful eye of Colin.
In 2006, Tom held a trainer’s licence while running the pre-training/breaking complex. Tom relocated to the Flemington stables in 2009 as David’s assistant trainer. The further development of the Euroa property saw Tom’s expertise in building the cutting edge training complex become imperative, along with his horse training experience.
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David’s son Ben, joined the training partnership in 2016 and is based at Lindsay Park’s stables on course at Flemington. Ben trains from there and also oversees runners both interstate and overseas enhancing Lindsay Park’s dedication to compete on a national and international stage.
Ben grew up with racing in his sights, living in Hong Kong on Sha Tin racetrack. He gained valuable international experience working in the UK for trainer Charlie Hills in Lambourn, and also working as a pupil assistant for trainer John Gosden in Newmarket. There he was in charge of the European preparation of Gr 1 winner Criterion.
Ben’s hard work ethic coupled with his passion and commitment to the family business makes him a big asset to the training team.
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Darren’s entire life has been with horses, growing up as a son of a trainer.
At age 17, he ventured out to work for Colin Hayes in the racing stable at Angaston, South Australia before joining the yearling breaking and educating team. By age 19, CS Hayes promoted him to be travelling foreman for Lindsay Park overseeing some of the champions of that era.
After 5 years under Colin Hayes, Darren took himself to the UK to learn from other trainers. Upon returning to his home state of QLD, he held his own trainer’s licence for 17 years before rejoining the Lindsay Park team at Euroa where he is integral to the operation alongside Tom.
A true professional and all rounder, Dara joined Lindsay Park in 2009. A gifted horseman, he rode track work and excelled as a jumps jockey for the stable. With injury curtailing a race riding career, his professional manner and leadership skills held him in good stead to become Lindsay Park’s Sydney stable manager. In addition, he took up the travelling foreman role, overseeing interstate and international runners, accompanying horses to major meetings in Dubai, Japan and the UK.
Dara has now transferred to our Flemington stable with the responsibility of leading the team as stable manager, foreman and Lindsay Park representative.
‘Bim’, as he is known, joined Colin Hayes in South Australia in 1967 and grew up in the CS Hayes school of honesty, hard work and horsemanship.
Bim has been part of Australian racing history, heading up stables of champions from Dulcify, Better Loosen Up, Jeune, Rory’s Jester and Special to Miss Finland, Criterion, Boom Time, Redkirk Warrior and Harlem.
Based at Flemington, Bim as a part of the fabric of Lindsay Park also travels with interstate or international runners if need be.
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Rayan cut his teeth working in the Angaston stables in 2006. He then transferred to Euroa alongside Tom in the breaking and pre-training business before re-locating to South Africa as assistant trainer to Justin Snaith.
Returning to Lindsay Park, he was recruited to the Euroa racing office, where he is imperative as a researcher, analyst and advisor to assist in the forecasting, preparation and planning of all horses for racing.
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Jason, a former steward in Perth, moved to Lindsay Park in 2008 as bloodstock assistant based at Flemington. Now in Euroa, Jason is the first point of contact for current and prospective clients.
He also negotiates and executes the sale and purchase of racehorses and breeding stock for Lindsay Park, as well as on behalf of clients.
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Bruno is our enthusiastic race day representative and reliable float driver, having been a solid cog in the stable wheel since 2004, when he was stable foreman at Flemington.
Previously a foreman for fifteen years in Adelaide for major stables, he also held his own trainer’s license. His association with Lindsay Park dates back to when he was a float driver in Adelaide, transporting Lindsay Park champs including Zabeel, Special, Better Loosen Up, Fraar and Jenue.
Bruno is now based at Lindsay Park, Euroa.
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Dr McKellar is based at Euroa as our resident vet. He has over 20 years experience as a racing veterinarian and has been the attending vet for in excess of 100 Group 1 winners.
Dave, as he is known has been our Victorian based vet since 1998 and has also worked for Bart Cummings, David Hall, Mike Moroney and Brian Mayfield-Smith.
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Garry oversees operations at Lindsay Park and is also head of HR for the business.
Joining Lindsay Park in 2015 as Owner Communications & Digital Media Manager and moving into the role of Human Resource Manager in 2019, Garry brings over 20 years experience in Human Resource and Business Management to Lindsay Park.
As HR Manager, Garry presides over and implements industry best practice policy and procedure to ensure operational compliance both within the racing industry and statutory bodies, including Work Cover, OH & S, risk management and HR.
With a life long passion and understanding of the Racing Industry as an owner and participant combined with his many years experience in people management, Garry brings a wealth of knowledge to Lindsay Park.
Based at Euroa, Ebani, whose Lindsay Park career spans over twenty years dots the i’s and crosses the t’s on all aspects of administration. This includes transport logistics, race nominations, acceptances and horse registrations, paper work on syndicates, owner transfers, leases and racing colours.
Always around horses, Ebani preferred riding in the bush or on the beach over pony club games. Ebani is a valuable asset to our engine room having originally worked under Colin Hayes at Lindsay Park in Angaston, South Australia.
A graduate of Horse Management at Glenormiston College, Bronwyn worked briefly at Lindsay Park before working for a number of years on the breeding side of the industry at Woodlawn Park. Re-entering the racing side, she became a stable hand, and was promoted to Stable Foreman, working for Gary Portelli at Flemington for over four years.
In 2012, she came to Euroa as a stable hand, where she soon became valuable assisting in other departments within the business, as well as travelling horses interstate.
Now,as Racing Administrator, she assists with nominations, acceptances, horse registrations, transfer of ownership, leases, horse movements and racing colours.
Jenny has worked for the Hayes family since 1996, beginning as marketing manager for Collingrove Stud (now Swettenham) under the leadership of Colin Hayes and Robert Sangster.
Born into the breeding game via her family’s Eureka Stud in QLD, Jenny also sports university qualifications in journalism and in physical education high school teaching.
Currently running her own PR consulting business, she loyally and lovingly continues to operate as client PR and media manager for Lindsay Park.
Jenny is also the Australian Representative for European thoroughbred auction house Tattersalls in Newmarket, UK.
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Dom joined our Euroa team as bloodstock assistant in 2018 and is responsible for marketing and selling shares in yearlings and racehorses while he also assists with client communication and racing management.
His vast experience includes international yearling sales experience in the UK, stallion nominations sales in Victoria and two years as a steward with Racing Victoria. Learning the ropes early on in a racing stable in Bendigo, Dom also completed the Equine course at Marcus Oldham College.