Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
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: Bruno Cannatelli
David Hayes believes the further the Melbourne spring carnival can move away from winter the better it will be

Lindsay Park senior trainer David Hayes believes the further the Melbourne spring carnival can move away from winter the better it will be for horses.

Hayes, who is moving to Hong Kong next month and trains in partnership with son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, does not see the need to alter the order of spring races, just their dates.

The spring carnival could be set for a shake-up this year with the Melbourne Racing Club exploring the option of running its Caulfield Cup carnival in late November instead of its mid-October date.

A date change would push the Caulfield Cup behind the Melbourne Cup as the Victoria Racing Club remains steadfast in its resolve to keep the Cup at its traditional date of the first Tuesday in November.

The delay to the AFL season because of coronavirus has pushed the finals series into October, the traditional time of the major spring races.

Racing Victoria is yet to announce the spring carnival program, expected early next month.

“I’ve said it for years that a later date is better for your horse the further you can get away from winter,” Hayes said.

“Horses always do better later in the year.

“The sequence of races has worked for something like 120 years, so don’t meddle with that, just move it back three or four weeks and keep it simple.”

Hayes said European horses have a big advantage when they come to the Melbourne carnival as they have campaigned through the warmer summer months.

Conversely Australian horses are coming out of a cold Victorian winter and beginning their campaigns in the cooler spring months.

He said horses are not as healthy in winter as they are later in the spring with the longer and warmer days helping bring out their best.

Hayes pointed out that some of Lindsay Park’s best results in the autumn had came from horses that campaigned at the Perth carnival in late November and early December.

*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...

Sydney wants to host the Melbourne Cup

The Deputy Premier of NSW John Barilaro has his sights on this years Melbourne Cup with the iconic race listed...

Victorian horses banned from NSW

Racing NSW has banned horses trained in Victoria from taking part in races in the northern state for an indefinite...

Te Akau Shark suffering from post surgery complications

Star New Zealand galloper Te Akau Shark remains in an equine hospital in Sydney after undergoing eye surgery. Te Akau...

Watch: Riderless horse claims run of the week

I’ve just watched all the replays from the weekend’s racing and well, I have to say this. Probably the best...

Black Caviar’s latest foal gets a name

Black Caviar’s latest foal has already been named by connections. The son of Black Caviar by leading stallion I Am...

Multiple G1 winner onto his sixth trainer

In a move that has angered some racing fans Group One winner Humidor will again be on the move to...

Watch: Punters in uproar over upheld protest

There was quite the hue and cry out of Hawkesbury yesterday when the stewards upheld a protest. The favourite at...

Watch: First starter at $101 wins like an odds on shot

Connections of a first starter at Donald on Saturday either don’t bet or they were unaware of the ability that...

Top Sydney trainer charged after G2 winner tests positive to ice

Top Sydney trainer John O’Shea has been charged by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission after one of his horses tested...

Jockey in trouble over whip rule tweet

A tongue in cheek tweet about current whip rules has landed a Victorian jockey in trouble. Jockey Jamie Mott has...

Kiwi star suffering from rare eye condition

A rare eye condition that needs surgery will delay the return to training of two-time Group One winner Te Akau...

NZ jockey banned for life

A New Zealand jockey has been banned for life over charges relating to a conspiracy to harm another jockey during...

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.