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Hayes to Hit Hong Kong Ground Running
Trainer David Hayes, former senior partner for the powerful Lindsay Park establishment whose team also includes nephew Tom Dabernig and son Ben, is getting close to resuming his long-parked Hong Kong training career. According to scmp.com, the Hall of Fame trainer has been in mandatory quarantine in Hong Kong where his 14-day lock-down is almost over. Having trudged 22km a day on a treadmill with the windows open, a fit Hayes is expecting to hit the ground running and, from 7 July, he will start the process of bring horses into his interim stable. Hayes, who will be moving into John Moore’s stables when the latter departs Hong Kong for Sydney at season’s end, said, “It will basically be a process of waiting for all the new horses to come in.” He noted, “I don’t think there will be too many in that early stable because I haven’t really targeted local horses at all. Because most of the trainers here are my old mates, I have been really focused on getting new stock to Hong Kong.” Those horses include a significant number of unraced private purchases that are currently in pre-training at Lindsay Park.