The patriarch of a racing and breeding dynasty Colin Hayes AM OBE will be officially elevated to Legend status at the 2018 Australian Hall of Fame dinner in Sydney on Friday night.
Hayes has spanned three generations to become just the eighth Hall of Fame Legend.
“When you look at the names he is joining it makes you very proud. “Pa” was always a legend to us but to be officially recognised as such is fantastic,” Colin’s grandson Sam explained.
Hayes joins fellow training legends Tommy Smith and Bart Cummings and gallopers Phar Lap and Makybe Diva in being bestowed the Hall of Fames highest accolade.
Hayes trained 5333 winners including 97 Group One winners, a tally that has now lifted to over 200 under the Lindsay Park banner.
“Colin lived by the motto ‘the future belongs to those who plan for it’. He taught us that with planning, persistence and hard work you can be successful, especially if you love what you do,” Sam Hayes said.
Colin Hayes was a central figure in the Australian thoroughbred breeding industry pioneering the shuttle stallion concept with the Sangster and Magnier families.
Hayes most successful stallion Without Fear broke a sixty-year-old world record for 2YO winners amassing a staggering 30 winners of 49 races, including 6 stakes winners.
Today Hayes’ legacy lives on through a third generation with Sam Hayes at the helm of Cornerstone Stud in the Barossa Valley whilst Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes are training in partnership with Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes at Lindsay Park in Victoria.
Queen Elizabeth taking a photo at Lindsay Park with Colin Hayes in 1977, picture Hayes family