TWO-time Classic winning Limerick jockey Chris Hayes will join Stack Racing as first stable jockey next year.
Shanagolden native Hayes will become Fozzy Stack’s first stable jockey next year as he takes the reins at Thomastown Castle Stud, with his father Tommy having announced that he will retire at the end of the year.
Hayes, 29, joined Kevin Prendergast in 2004 and his first Group One arrived when La Collina won the Matron Stakes in September 2013.
Seven days later the Shanagolden native had his first Classic success when Voleuse De Coeurs won the Irish St Leger. He landed a second Irish Classic when Awtaad scored in the Irish 2,000 Guineas in May of this year.
“I am looking forward to working with Chris after the Dubai Carnival and hopefully we’ll have some good times together,” Fozzy Stack said.
“He was champion apprentice three times, which is a rare achievement, and is a Classic winning rider. Billy Lee, who had a brilliant season, will stay on in some capacity too and he will be used as Chris will still have the choice to ride for Kevin Prendergast when he so wishes.
“It’s a work in progress and I am looking forward to it, while very thankful to the owners I have for their support. As ever, you’re looking for nice horses.
“Dad might be retired but he is certainly not gone away and he will play a key role.”