hampion racehorse trainer who died, aged 75, on 21st May, 1999, at his property, Lindsay Park, in Angaston, South Australia.
Hayes trained his first winner, Surefoot , at Strathalbyn on October 15th, 1947 and by the time he had retired in 1990 he had trained 5,333 winners in a 43 year career. Surefoot won a lowly jumps race and $190 in prizemoney.
When he commenced training he promised his wife of 51 years at his passing, Betty, that if he was not a success by the time he reached 30 then he would return to being a boilermaker. Luckily he won his first Adelaide Premiership aged 28. He would probably have made a great boilermaker, too!
His best season was his last when he trained 278 winners, then a Commonwealth record, including 13 Group 1 winners and prize money just short of $10 million.
In all he trained 98 Group 1 winners including the 1980 Melbourne Cup with Beldale Ball and At Talaq in 1986.
Other major wins included:
Caulfield Cup - How Now in 1976
Cox Plate - So Called 1978, Dulcify 1979, Almaarad 1989
Golden Slipper - Rory's Jester 1985
Newmarket - Desirable 1977, Red Tempo 1985, Special 1988, Grandiose 1989
Australian Cup - Bush Win 1974, Dulcify 1979
Victoria Derby - Haymaker 1974, Unaware 1976, Dulcify 1978, King's High 1988
AJC Derby - Dulcify 1979
Adelaide Cup - Cheong Sam 1962, Wine Taster 1972, Yashmak 1980, Water Boatman 1990
In all he trained 524 Group or Listed winners and won the Adelaide Trainers' Premiership on 27 occasions. He also won the Melbourne equivalent 13 times in succession.
In 1980 he underwent major heart surgery and in the same year received an OBE for services to racing.
When he retired he handed the reins to son David who continued the family tradition of producing winner after winner. When David moved on to become no.1 trainer in Hong Kong, elder brother Peter took over with similar family success.
Hayes considered Dulcify the best horse he ever trained and was thrilled when Dulcify annihilated the opposition to win the 1979 Cox Plate by a record seven lengths. Ten days later he was a shattered man when Dulcify broke his pelvis during the running of the Melbourne Cup and had to be destroyed.
Colin Hayes had clients of the calibre of Robert Sangster and Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum. Robert Sangster said "CS was a visionary who never lost touch with what he did best, and that was train horses. He loved them and it was always obvious that he did. He was also a man who was at home in the company of anyone, from royalty to the rag-and-bone man."
Besides his sons, C.S., as he was affectionately known, is survived by his wife Betty, daughters Jan and Kerry, and 14 grandchildren.
Colin Hayes is the second of the great trio of horse trainers to pass away, T J Smith passing away in 1998. This leaves the legendary Bart Cummings to continue what all of the trio did best - be a winner in life and train winners.
The Hayes family also have a fruit processing company, the Angas Park Fruit Company Pty. Ltd. , which processes dried stone and vine fruits and glace fruits - visit them at Angaston or at www.angaspark.com.au
Also visit the famous Lindsay Park Stud at www.lindsaypark.com.au Here you will see la crème de la crème of Thoroughbred racehorse breeding.
The Peter Hayes stable has set The Hind for this year's Melbourne Cup.