Lindsay Park up for sale
The decision to sell part of the famous Lindsay Park establishment in South Australia did not come easily to trainer David Hayes.
Expressions of interest have been called for the training complex but Hayes says the central part of the property including the homestead will be retained by the family.
Lindsay Park at Angaston was established by Hayes’ late father Colin who developed it into a world class breeding and training facility.
David Hayes said he panned to concentrate his efforts on his training complex at Euroa in northern Victoria while retaining a base at Flemington.
“We will take horses from Euroa to Melbourne for the weekend’s racing and also travel them to Sydney,” Hayes said.
“We are concentrating on the Euroa property.
“It was a hard decision to sell Lindsay Park but we are not selling all of it.
“I’ve made two hard decisions in my life, one was to go to Hong Kong and this is the other.”
Hayes took over training Lindsay Park horses on his father’s retirement in 1990.
Five years later, David Hayes took up a contract in Hong Kong and remained there for a decade.
His elder brother Peter trained the Australian team until his death in a light plane crash in 2001 after which tony McEvoy took over until David Hayes returned to Australia.
Hayes said he would continue to support South Australian racing which he believed was on the up after several years in the doldrums.
The training and racing complex covers 93.5 hectares, houses 120 stables, includes electronically timed grass and artificial tracks, heated equine swimming pool, galloping treadmills, blacksmith work shop, staff accommodation and canteen.
“It is hard to know what it’s worth in this economic climate,” Hayes said.
William Inglis and Son and CB Richard Ellis have been appointed as joint agents to sell Lindsay Park with expressions of interest to close on October 24.