With a couple of thousand wins to his name as well as more Group 1 winners than you could likely recall, David Hayes has a victory list that anyone in the world would be proud of.
Having recently come on board with miRunners to train the impressive Zoushack colt, we sat down with David to discuss his personal top five wins of his career.
5. Caulfield Cup with Boom Time 2017
The 3.15 million race was won in convincing fashion by Boom Time, storming home to defeat Single Gaze from the fast-finishing favourite Johannes Vermeer. Sir Isaac Newton was leading the field in the final 1,000m until Single Gaze and Boom Time were neck and neck with Boom Time edging in to complete a major upset win – what a finish!
4. Golden Slipper with Miss Finland 2006
The Golden Slipper is the world’s richest race for two-year-olds and Australia’s premier two-year-old race, so it is understandable that as David says it’s “one of the races that all trainers want to win”. Miss Finland was a $6 chance prior to the 1200m race and motored up the inside of the final straight to win by six lengths ahead of Pure Energy ($43) and Churchill Downs ($7.20) who was also trained by David Hayes.
3. Melbourne Cup with Jeune 1994
David’s first even Melbourne Cup win in 1994 couldn’t be left off the list. And what an impressive victory with imported galloper Jeune taking it out by two lengths. By the end of the 1995-96 season David had won six Melbourne and five Adelaide metropolitan training premierships.
2. Cox Plate with Better Loosen Up 1990
With another major win to his name it is no doubt why Better Loosen Up is, as David Hayes explains, “my favourite horse and he’s also the best”. The Cox Plate win in 1990 was David’s first Group 1 winner, after which, Better Loosen up went to win seven in a row! Click the image below to view race video.
1. Japan Cup with Better Loosen Up 1990
Winning 17 of his 45 starts, Better Loosen Up was named Australia’s champion racehorse in 1991 and inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2004. The win at the Japan Cup had to be up there with his very best finishes, with a withering burst to claim victory on the line and beat the “strongest field ever” as David Explains. Better Loosen Up became the first and only Australian horse to win the Japan Cup.
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