Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Quentin Lang
David Hayes won't be attending Feehan Stakes day at Moonee Valley

Lindsay Park has a large team heading to The Valley for Feehan Stakes day but senior trainer David Hayes’ focus will be on a different sport in Sydney.

Hayes’ son Will takes part in his first AFL final when the Western Bulldogs meet Greater Western Sydney Giants at Giants Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

David Hayes will leave the horses to eldest son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig while concentrating on the football action, although his phone will be fully charged and tuned to vision of the stable’s runners.

It was Hayes who convinced Will to live out his football dream after his own career was cut short.

Hayes played for Central Districts, also the Bulldogs, in the South Australian league, and was convinced by his father, Hall of Fame trainer Colin Hayes, to abandon his career to follow the horses.

“Dad only saw me play once, at Adelaide Oval, and said I was provincial class and retired me,” Hayes said.

Hayes has since gone on to enjoy a glittering training career in Australia and Hong Kong and saw something in Will to convince him to live out his dream.

Will was a late pick in last season’s draft by the Western Bulldogs after a successful season in the VFL side.

“I encouraged him to hang in there,” Hayes said.

“I’d watched him a lot and I thought he had what it takes. He’s worked hard as it was his dream to play in the AFL.

“To get on the list was a dream, to play his first game was a dream and to play in a final, it’s capping off a great year.

“It’s his first final so I’ve got to be there for it.”

Lindsay Park has 13 runners engaged at The Valley on Saturday, including four in the afternoon’s feature, the Group Two Feehan Stakes while Hayes is expecting an improved run from Taraayef in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes.

A winner at The Valley on August 3, Taraayef finished a last-start eighth to Sassy Salitage on August 24.

“That was trainer error,” Hayes said.

“I wanted her ridden quietly from the wide gate but she wanted to go forward and got caught wide and the leader’s won.

“I’d forget she went around. We’ll let her run in her normal pattern and I’m sure we’ll see a different filly.”

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Queensland jockey banned for 4 years on drug charges

North Queensland jockey Mark Elliott has been disqualified for four years after his sixth positive random test to cannabis in...

Likely Blue Diamond Stakes Field – 2020

The 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes will be run this Saturday at Caulfield racecourse with $1.5m in prize money on offer...

Alligator Blood wins thrilling battle with Catalyst

The clash between Queensland star Alligator Blood and New Zealander Catalyst has lived up to the hype with the pair...

Fans flock to see champion Black Caviar

Black Caviar has dragged the Flemington crowd from the grandstands at her first race track appearance since her retirement after...

Victorian trainer hit with horse welfare charges

Victorian trainer Mark Sues has been charged with failing to provide proper and sufficient nutrition and appropriate veterinary treatment to...

Horse scratched because the owner thought it was dead

We have lost the big million dollar races at Warwick Farm this afternoon, but we have NOT lost high stakes...

Trainer charged over Melbourne Cup day stomach-tubing

Victorian trainer Richard Laming and two stablehands have been charged for stomach-tubing a horse on race day. Racing Victoria stewards...

Melbourne Cup winning trainer’s torture case moved

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir and others accused of torturing horses and corrupt betting have won a bid to move...

Bill Vlahos and his multi-million dollar lie

Bill Vlahos built an elaborate betting system for horse racing and it was a multi-million dollar lie. The Melbourne racing...

The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes retired

Star colt Yes Yes Yes has been retired with a tendon injury ending his career. The winner of the $14...

Talented sprinter suffers fatal fall at Randwick

Talented sprinter from the Gary Portelli yard Ronstar has sadly suffered a fatal fall at Randwick. Ronstar clipped heels near...

Danny Nikolic denied Queensland jockey’s licence

Controversial former jockey Danny Nikolic has lost his bid for a riding licence in Queensland. The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.