Date of Birth: August 11, 1987
County of origin: Limerick
First winner: Anonymity (Ger Lynch) Bellewstown, 2nd July, 2004
Champion Apprentice Jockey: 2005, 2006, 2007
Assoc. Trainers: Kevin Prendergast, Fozzy Stack, Dermot Weld
Significant horses (Selected): Awtaad, Search For A Song, Voleuse De Coeurs, La Collina, Madhmoon, Orewa, Choose Me, Sole Power, Celtic Dane, Laws Of Spin, Stand To Attention, Ask Jack, Masta Plasta, Gordon Lord Byron, King Of Tory, Amourallis, II’l Be Your Clown, Sir Ector, Dream Walker, Trevanna, Laws Of Spin, Castle Star.
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A first Group 1 success for Chris Hayes finally arrived when La Collina won the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in September 2013 and seven days later he enjoyed his first Classic success when the Lady O'Reilly-owned Voleuse De Coeurs landed the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Hayes landed a second Irish Classic when Awtaad, trained by Kevin Prendergast, won the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 21st, 2016 and was again a big winner with Weld when Search For A Song won Irish St Leger at the Curragh in 2019.
Chris is a graduate of the pony racing circuit and RACE. He joined Kevin Prendergast as an apprentice in 2004 and was champion apprentice in each of the next three years. On November 10th, 2016, it was announced that Chris would be riding as first jockey to rookie trainer Fozzy Stack from early 2017. He will combine the role with that of stable jockey to Kevin Prendergast.
Chris rode the longest-priced winner in the history of racing in Ireland or Britain when partnering the Luke comer-trained He Knows No Fear to win an eight-furlong maiden at Leopardstown on August 13, 2020 at odds of 300/1. The previous record in Ireland was set by 200/1 winner Killahara Castle, trained by John Burke, at Thurles in 2017.