WHEN David Hayes told his staff at Lindsay Park that he’d put on drinks at the farm every time the stable won a Group 1, he didn’t think they’d be waiting four years.
The Better Loosen Up Bar at the Euroa property was in full swing on Monday night after Hayes, now training in partnership with nephew Tom Dabernig took out Saturday’s $1 million Australian Cup with imported galloper Spillway.
While it had been a while between drinks for the veteran trainer, the win represented Dabernig’s first taste of Group 1 success.
The younger of the training duo said it was difficult to put into words how he felt about the breakthrough win.
“We’ve been knocking on the door for a while now and we kept falling short of winning a big race,” Dabernig said.
“It’s a thrill and a relief and I couldn’t be happier.”