Chris Hayes was born in Ireland in 1988, and was another Irish jockey to have graduated from the pony racing circuit where he rode 66 winners. He was apprenticed to Kevin Prendergast and rode his first winner aged sixteen on July 2nd 2004. He was champion Irish apprentice in 2005 and again in 2006. Since then as a jockey he has made steady strides, enjoying his best season in 2012 with 58winners, and has now ridden around 350 winners in his career to date. He has enjoyed Group 3 success on a couple of occasions, but still awaits that elusive first Group I success.