EUROA’S David Hayes thinks it’s been 25 years since he’s trained a Group 1 double.
“It’s been a few sleeps between drinks. Not since 1990 I think. But certainly it’s Tom’s first group one double, which is very exciting for him,” Hayes said.
Hayes, who trains in partnership with nephew Tom Dabernig, claimed the rare double with Criterion in the Caulfield Stakes and later with Stay With Me in the Thousand Guineas.
“We’re happy. We’ve really settled into the property. To have Lindsay Park Euroa producing Group 1 winners gives us great confidence,” he said.
Hayes said he was convinced Stay With Me would be hard to beat in the Thousand Guineas and hopeful the well travelled Criterion would perform well.
The winner of Sydney’s Queen Elizabeth had only just returned from an English campaign, where he was looked after by Hayes’ son Ben.
“We made the decision he would have a European summer instead of a Euroa winter and it looks to have suited him,” Hayes said.