THE Hong Jockey Club are set to announce this week that David Hayes will be returning to the island next season in what is seen as a direct replacement for the retiring John Moore, reports RICHARD CALLANDER of Racenet.

The retirement age of trainers in Hong Kong is 65, but Moore has already been permitted to train to his 70th birthday next March by the HK Jockey Club. 

Moore has been champion trainer in Hong Kong five times and prepared the winners of all the major races that have seen him train almost 1700 winners and return over HK$2 billion in prizemoney for his owners.

Moore has been responsible for many star gallopers like Able Friend, Viva Pataca, Designs On Rome, Able One, Sunny Sing, Military Attack, Motivation and the current Hong Kong champion Beauty Generation.

David Hayes, already a 17 time Group I winning trainer in Hong Kong and Australian Hall Of Famer welcomed his nephew Tom Dabernig into a training partnership in 2014 before David’s son Ben made it a perfect trio in late 2016 and there’s no question Lindsay Park will remain in safe hands despite the departure of David.

Hayes will be 57 when he returns to Hong Kong next season but he was seen as the perfect fit for the Hong Kong Jockey Club who were under pressure to either find a big name to replace Moore or extend Moore for another season or two.

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