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Hayes Says Lindsay Park Stars Won't be Pilfered
David Hayes has reiterated his dedication to Lindsay Park, vowing that he won't 'pinch' horses from them to race in Hong Kong. "This time, I'll try to be buying horses and not weaken [Lindsay Park] because the stakemoney is so good here," Hayes told The Daily Telegraph. "Hopefully I'll have enough horses to have a stable in China (Conghua) as well, which I'm quite excited about." Hayes, who was approved last week for a Hong Kong trainers license (to commence in 2020), will leave the operation in the hands of co-trainers Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes, but isn't hanging up his boots here until he departs the country for his new Sha Tin base. "There's not much I can do at the moment, I'll concentrate really on Australia," he said. "[What] I'll do is gradually start fading out (in Australia) from June and July, I'll have a [Hong Kong] stable to move horses into." Hayes, whose former 9-year stint in Hong Kong yielded great success (458 winners and two premierships), is confident that the success of the Lindsay Park 'brand' will continue despite his absence, and hopes that he will find a horse good enough to bring back to compete in his own name. "If I had a good one, I'd definitely want to come back," he said. "It would be one of my real aims is to try and have a top-three horse there (Hong Kong), which is good enough to travel."