A word with David Hayes

With winter in full effect here at Euroa, we have been starting track work a fraction later than normal to ensure we have sufficient visibility, and thankfully with our Pro Ride track we are able to work horses in all weather conditions so we haven’t lost a minute of work.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Dabernig as General Manager of Lindsay Park Euroa. Gary Fennessy has moved up from Flemington to Euroa and will replace Tom as Assistant Trainer, Gary brings with him a wealth of experience – he has been with Lindsay Park since 1967.

At the recent Inglis Australian Weanling and Bloodstock Sale in Sydney I was able to secure a Fastnet Rock colt out of Mis Excitabull for just $100,000. The colt was originally to be sold at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale however he was withdrawn due to a cut on his leg. He is a cracking type and arrived to Euroa in magnificent condition, he has already been snapped up by existing stable clients.

In conjunction with Sportingbet, I will be recording a weekly video series beginning the week of the new racing season (August 1). In it, I will be evaluating my runners for the upcoming weekends racing along with answering some viewer questions.

In other news the stable was caught up in a bit of a media circus with promising filly Blackman having to be renamed ‘Lady Blackman’ as the original name was deemed to be offensive. It doesn’t really bother me what she is called, as long as she can continue on her winning way.

I have been eagerly awaiting the start of the new racing season, and watching our latest corporate video is a reminder to all of us here at Lindsay Park why we strive for excellence. It can be seen here.

Until next time,

David Hayes

Shock Value set to run Aug 4th in NSW

Shock Value: Set to go to Canterbury this Saturday, weights and ratings are listed below. He will hopefully have a 3 KG rider to take 3 KG off the 59 KG allotted. His rating in Vic is 97 yet in NSW he is 95, go figure?? That’s why we race anti clockwise and NSW clockwise, amazing!!!

Shock Value Update 26/7/12

David’s message is below, and his plan for the next run. He is looking at Sydney 4th Aug. Out of left field I must admit thatt our options are very limited. We have listed the race options for the horse and n/c indicates no claim. The Sydney race would see him get 58 or 59 and we would seek an apprentice who can claim 3KG, there are several in NSW at present.

David Hayes Audio Report 26/7/2012:
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PRUSSIA WITH LOVE audio update 24/7

Prussia With Love: Brad Spicer has sent through the report from this morning’s trackwork at the Leon Corsten’s stable.

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SHOCK VALUE post race audio report – David Hayes

Trainer David Hayes has sent us an audio report on Shock Value, after finishing last at Flemington on Saturday:

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SHOCK puts in an absolute Shocker

Shock Value certainly let us down yesterday at Flemington. He ran last after being up on the pace in a good spot running 3rd, he was struggling from the 500m mark to keep in touch with the 2 leaders and weakened quickly in the last 300m.

The run was totally out of character for the horse. David Hayes will send a voice report through soon but my initial thoughts were, he was out of his comfort zone with the high pressure speed up front. In a 1200m race the tempo up front is different and quite often he is the one dictating as was the case at his run 2 starts back, when he led he got into his own comfort zone and he was able to kick back when challenged, different horse to yesterday.

7 runs for us 3 at 1200m and 3 seconds. Never further back than 1 length. His form profile:
1200m. 15 runs for 5 wins and 8 placings. We may have erred coming back from 1200m to 1000m yesterday.
The horse is getting on and I don’t think he likes too much change.
I thought straight after yesterday that it was time for a spell but I have copied in an email from Rob and Jody Gray from WA who bred and race the horse, very interesting comments about Shocker, I spoke at length to Rob this morning and he followed up with the email:

Dear Bryan,

For your interest we would like to provide you with some history regarding Shock Value and the spelling paddock.
We think David has handled him extremely well to keep him as fresh and as happy as he currently is.
In the past we have tried many many things to give him a rest, but the fact is is does not like spelling.
We have bought him home when he has shown obvious signs of being tired in years gone by and popped him in a nice green
paddock with company.This is the usual recipe that is warranted for almost every other racehorse.
Unfortunately for Shocky it took many preps for us to work out that this just does not suit him.
We have tried everything !
He won’t graze,he won’t roam,he won’t even socialize with company in a small paddock.We have tried him with a group,we have put him with one other horse,and we have tried him on his own.He is just happier in work.

The truth about Shocky is that he is the ultimate robot, loves routine and needs to work on a daily basis.
It does’nt matter to him if he only gets a little amount of work as long as there is routine.
In the past he has spent his spell sulking in the furthest corner of his paddock and will not eat or drink.
He stares up to the yards and pines to come back into the stable area.
He does not look for the company of other horses and will quite happily let them eat all of their food and his.
This is not resting for a horse,he loses weight and is generally an unhappy horse.
At the moment he looks better than he has ever done in his life and according to David he is a very happy and
lively horse.We do not believe he needs a rest while he is so well.In the past he has only needed a break after injury
or if he has had a virus.The signs for him are very obvious with his coat going off and weight loss.
A happy and healthy horse always gives his best and we do believe he gave his best again on Saturday at Flemington.
We think it is now firmly set in cement that 1200m is his pet distance.It’s always worth a go to see if a horse can handle other distances ,but
it is obvious now that we just stick to 1200m.

In Perth he was raced sparingly, this was not any plan we had, it was just that there was very few races for him.
Since being with David he has had 7 starts,two at 1000, one at 1100, one at 1400 and three at 1200.Clearly his best form is at 1200 and if he is left at that distance under his current training regime we are sure we will have further success.

We dont think his failure yesterday has to do with him being tired at all.
He just does not handle the tempo of the 1000m against genuine Open company 1000m sprinters.

Rob and Jody

Puts a very different light on the situation in my opinion, the horse’s rating now is 97 so he will get an extra half to one kilo less at the weights.

Check out David Hayes and Lindsay Park at I have been heavily involved in the production of the video: A Kingdom for A Horse. You will enjoy!

– Bryan

Update on the BMRC Babies

Mr. Sommerville: John Sadler advised last month that the colt had to be gelded. This process has happened the horse remained in the stable after the op to prevent any infection and has now been in the paddock for 3 weeks, he will have another 3 weeks in the paddock before returning to the stable.

Human League: [Dubawi/Love From Above] message from Troy Corstens:

This bloke has now returned to Malua Ballarat. He did very well on his break and I am really looking forward to this prep with him. He strengthened up and looks super.

Prussia With Love: Message from Brad Spicer from the stable this morning regarding her trial:

The Filly trialled really well today ,especially considering it was her first trial .She was slow into gear settling out the back but did make good ground late to finish a solid 4th . Chris Pace rode her and was very happy with her application late , he said she will have learnt a lot from today’s trial moving forward which will hold her in good stead .

Leon was very happy with today’s effort and she will definitely come on from today .

We actually tapped the trials today through another cameraman and will send through the YouTube link tonight .

SHOCK VALUE Draw for Race 7 – Saturday 21 July

Shock Value: Has drawn nicely for Saturday at Flemington field follows:


We have been informed this morning by Peter Moody’s manager that there has been an oversight from their end and Peter will be in Darwin for the Darwin Cup on Sunday 5th of August.
This is an unfortunate situation for us but beyond our control.

We have been in touch with the Caulfield Tabaret and the following Sunday morning August 12th is available. Peter Moody’s office have confirmed Peter’s availability for Sunday 12/8/12.
The date change may suit many members so please contact us as soon as possible.
It promises to be a great morning with Peter and he will be bringing Black Caviar signed caps as penance!!

SHOCK VALUE to run Flemington this Saturday

Shock Value has received 59KG this Saturday at Flemington. We will try for Ben Knobel to reduce the weight to 57KG. Weather is looking ok for the rest of the week and we may get a Dead track which will suit.