Hayes says hoons should be jailed
Trainer David Hayes says intruders who endangered horses at Flemington should be in jail.
Around 26 horses were released from his neighbour Mark Kavanagh’s stable on Tuesday with two believed to have serious injuries.
The racecourse was the venue for the Big Day Out and several potential concert-goers breached security in an attempt to get in via the stable blocks without paying.
"They should have been arrested, they should be in jail today," Hayes told Sydney’s Sky Sports Radio.
"They were trespassing, causing havoc in one of the most powerful stables in Australia.
Hayes said three people were intercepted in his own stable by his personal security guards.
"We had three people climb into our stables over the back fence but luckily our security grabbed them and escorted them off the premises," he said.
"My personal security intercepted them.
"The problem was another group of people got into Mark Kavanagh’s stable 30 minutes later and they were hoons, they were absolutely no good and should be arrested and go to jail.
"They were trespassing for one.
"The police should have been called straight away.
"The ones who came to my stable were very lucky not to be arrested.
"I can’t believe that with the amount of security … there that this could happen.
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is due to hold two more such events in coming months and has launched an investigation into the incident.
Hayes said some trainers had expressed concerns about the events held at the track but understood there was money to be made.
"None of us dreamed people would actually get into the stables," he said.
"It’s hard to plan for an insane act.
"There are financial gains for the VRC. They felt they had to do it. It’s their property, it’s their call."