David Hayes and Tom Dabernig will have numbers on their side as they try to snap a long drought for the famous racing family in South Australia’s premier sprint.
The Lindsay Park co-trainers are set to have five runners in Saturday’s Group One The Goodwood at Morphettville.
Neither Hayes nor his nephew Dabernig have won The Goodwood, and the family’s sole success as trainers in the Goodwood came 45 years ago when the late family patriarch, Colin Hayes, won with Romantic Son.
Dabernig, a grandson of Colin Hayes and nephew of David, is hoping to break that run on Saturday.
“It hasn’t been a lucky race for us,” Dabernig said.
“I looked up the history, and my grandfather won it but I don’t think David has won it, or Peter.
“So it’s been a while between drinks. But we’re well represented.”
David’s brother Peter Hayes was head trainer for Lindsay Park from 1995 until his death in a plane crash in 2001.
Sheidel, Miss Promiscuity, Faatinah, Churchill Dancer and Fast `N’ Rocking are the five stablemates set to contest the 1200m race.
Miss Promiscuity clipped heels and knuckled, dislodging her rider Luke Nolen in the Group One Robert Sangster Stakes at her last start.
While Nolen’s injuries from his fall included a broken left collar bone, shoulder and several ribs, Dabernig said Miss Promiscuity came out of the incident unscathed as she went around riderless from about the 700m mark.
“Miss Promiscuity was fine. It was actually pretty harmless from her point of view. She came out of it without any issue,” Dabernig said.
“And Sheidel, I think she’s improved a shade.”
Sheidel was beaten in a photo finish to the Sangster by Precious Gem.
The Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart is the $4.20 favourite ahead of acceptances and the barrier draw on Tuesday with Churchill Dancer the highest in the market from the Hayes and Dabernig runners at $18.