CS Crafted Formula for 2YOs

The Age by Patrick Bartley

The carefully crafted formula of producing high class Autumn two-year-olds discovered in the late 1960's by champion trainer Colin Hayes will see two of his most valued lieutenants set to replicate those methods in the coming months around Australia.

Trainers David Hayes and Tony McEvoy, who spent years under the teachings and guidance of Hayes, last Saturday showed that their teams were far from wilting with the increased number of two-year-olds now aiming for Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper in fact they were getting stronger.

While McEvoy will have up to four starters in the $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield, it will include race favourite Kinky Boom after her impressive performance at Caulfield on Saturday.

As well, McEvoy will have this year's Golden Slipper favourite, Sunlight, who will appear later in the autumn after recently winning the $1.9 million Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. She was never a Blue Diamond contender.

McEvoy said on Sunday that he was excited with his strong band of two-year-olds but agreed that under the apprenticeship of Colin Hayes in the 70s and 80s his job has been made easier.

"CS (Hayes) had a formula, a brilliant formula, that was very hard to criticise. He was able to take babies and make them into good strong two-year-olds. You've got to remember we had Without Fear standing on our property and he set world records by siring so many speed horses.

"But CS, while producing extraordinary results had built and structured Lindsay Park as a training ground that complemented young horses. I was lucky to learn under that formula and so was David.” He said.

The huge David Hayes stable could have up to 10 runners in this year's Blue Diamond Stakes. However, co-trainer Tom Dabernig maintained it was still a moving feast with three weeks to go before the 1200m Group One event.

"We've got three weeks to go and we'll have runners at Caulfield next Saturday and Flemington the following Saturday, so, I've got to sit on the fence as far as our final numbers go. But the luxury is that the Golden Slipper is well spaced apart from the Blue Diamond so that gives us another significant option," co trainer Tom Dabernig said.

His co-trainer David Hayes, agreed that his late father had made an "art form of preparing highly successful two-year-olds and Tony McEvoy's right, he had a formula.

"You know from our new Lindsay Park at Euroa, we've had 12 two-year-old winners and Tony, who's training out of the old Lindsay Park, has managed 10 winners and that's a pretty good statistic considering only two-year-old races started in early October.

"Dad had a strong and sound training regime that worked so well but he also had the ability to put horses aside that had ability but needed to mature and strengthen. The results are there for us all to see," he said.


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