Formerly known as ‘The Debonair’, the CS Hayes Stakes is a race for three-year-old colts and geldings held annually on Black Caviar Lightning Day. As the name suggests, the CS Hayes is named after legendary trainer Colin Sydney Hayes, who saddled up 5,333 winners in his career, taking out 28 Adelaide and 13 Melbourne Premierships. The event is the male-equivalent of the Vanity Stakes, run at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne over 1400m. However, it has been staged over various distances including 1200m. The set weight and penalty conditions tend to sort out the contenders from the pretenders, with the classier gallopers prevailing more often than not.
The CS Hayes Stakes is a Group 3, and with $150,000 up for the taking, it traditionally attracts classy fields. Colts and geldings which compete in the event usually contest bigger races later in the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, such as the Group 1 Australian Guineas or the Group 2 Alister Clark. In 2002, Dash For Cash completed the CS Hayes/Australian Guineas double. In 2014, the Phillip Stokes trained gelding Hucklebuck won this race in impressive style before going on to win the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes later in the spring. Other prominent horses on the CS Hayes honour roll include; Lieutenant (2005), Starcraft (2004), Mahogany (1994), Zabeel (1990) and Raveneaux (1987).
|2015||WANDJINA||DAMIEN OLIVER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:22.2|
|2014||HUCKLEBUCK||DOM TOURNEUR||PHILLIP STOKES||01:22.9|
|2013||SHEER TALENT||STEPHEN BASTER||MARK KAVANAGH||01:22.6|
|2012||THAT'S THE ONE||CRAIG WILLIAMS||BARRY BALDWIN||01:22.0|
|2011||BULLBARS||MARK ZAHRA||PETER SNOWDEN||01:23.9|
|2010||TAKE THE RAP||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DANNY O’BRIEN||01:23.2|
|2009||FAIR TRADE||NICHOLAS HALL||MICHAEL KENT||01:22.5|
|2008||PLAYWRIGHT||SEBASTIAN MURPHY||STEVE RICHARDS||01:23.6|
|2007||WORDSMITH||STEVEN KING||SHANE NICHOLS||01:10.8|
|2006||MINSON||CRAIG WILLIAMS||STEPHEN BROWN||01:21.6|
|2005||LIEUTENANT||DARREN GAUCI||JOHN HAWKES||01:24.2|