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Dr. Jim Hay

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  • Born: 1950 in Scotland
  • Residence: Dubai
  • Education: B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Stratchclyde University.
  • Biggest success in 2013 came via Surdiman, owned in partnership with Susan Magnier. The juvenile son of Henrythenavigator won for the third time in five career starts when taking the Phoenix Stakes (G1) for trainer David Wachman following up victory in the Railway Stakes (G2).
  • Hay bought a share in both Cape Blanco and his stablemate Fame And Glory at Aidan O'Brien's yard during the winter of 2010-11. Fame And Glory went on to win the 2011 Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June on a very special day for Mr. and Mrs. Hay as they began the afternoon riding in a horse-drawn carriage from Windsor Castle as part of the royal procession. Fame And Glory was retired after being pulled up in his last race, the 2012 Breeders' Cup Marathon. Hay bought into Treasure Beach with Coolmore partners Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor, who finished 10th of 12 in the 2012 Turf.
  • Biggest success in America came with 2010 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) winner Redding Colliery and 2011 Champion Turf Horse Cape Blanco (Ire), who carried Mrs. Hay's silks to a trio of Grade 1 American successes in the summer of 2011. Having comfortably defeated Gio Ponti in both the Man o'War Stakes and the Arlington Million, he just lasted home in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic but in so doing suffered a career-ending knee injury and did not make the Breeders' Cup. 
  • He now has about 40 horses in training, split between trainers David Simcock, Roger Varian, Peter Chapple-Hyam, Andrew Balding, Paul Cole, Richard hannon and Stan Moore in Britain, and Aidan O'Brien, David Wachman and Tom Taaffe in Ireland. Precision Break, who finished seventh in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon, was his first horse with David Simcock. ... Alex Cole, son of Paul, acts as his racing manager.
  • Other top horses he has owned are Traffic Guard, who had a career bankroll of $600,000 and was runner-up to New Approach (Ire) in the 2008 Irish Champion Stakes, and Distant Memories (Ire), who won the 2010 Winter Hill Stakes (G3).
  • First had horses with Kevin McAuliffe, then moved to Stan Moore, who provided his first winner when Barathea Dreams won at Lingfield in Feb. 2004. 
  • Gained an interest in racing when watching the sport on television with his grandmother.
  • Worked for British Petroleum for 27 years before acquiring Fosroc, a company specializing in the provision of specialist chemicals to the construction industry. Based in Dubai, it has an annual turnover of more than $350 million and employs 1,700 people.

Breeders' Cup Record

2006Juvenile FilliesSatulagi11th
2010MarathonPrecision Break7th
2012MarathonFame And Glorydnf
 TurfTreasure Beach10th

NOTE: Stats include North American and selected international races. Click here to view selected international race list.

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