Major changes are in store for the Lindsay Park operation with the partnership between Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig to end.
Dabernig has decided to end his time at Lindsay Park to go establish his own stable.
Lindsay Park has announced Ben Hayes will take the reins on his own while his brother JD works to get his trainer’s licence after seven years working in the business.
JD Hayes has applied to join Ben in a training partnership at the start of the 2021/22 season.
Some owners were informed of the change on Monday afternoon while Lindsay Park released a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
“After five years as co-trainer at Lindsay Park, I feel naturally very excited to take this next step in my career, and just the same about welcoming my brother into the partnership,” Ben Hayes said in a statement.
Dabernig’s announcement ends more than 25 years at Lindsay Park.
“It is a decision that I have not taken lightly and I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that the Hayes family have afforded me,” Dabernig said.
Dabernig held his own training licence while working at Lindsay Park before he started training in partnership with his uncle David Hayes in 2014.
Hayes’s son Ben subsequently joined the pair, making Lindsay Park a three-way partnership in 2016 until David handed in his Victorian trainer’s licence to return to Hong Kong last year.
Ben Hayes and Dabernig combined for more than 100 wins after Hayes senior left Australia, most notably with Personal in the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington last November.
Hayes and Dabernig currently sit third on the Melbourne trainers’ premiership with 31 wins.