Looking back, new thoroughbred trainer Jack Haynes probably could’ve very easily found his way into the racing industry significantly earlier than he did.
It’s almost a surprise he didn’t.
The 28-year-old worked at various TAB outlets around Western Australia, including the current one he works at in Rockingham.
Racing, pacing and chasing would take place right before his own eyes.
“I sort of fell into it,” Haynes recalled.
“I didn’t have any family in racing.
“I was working in TAB’s and one day I got my act together and decided to get my trainers licence.”
Training horses is just another job for Haynes, who is studying to be a chiropractor at Murdoch University, as well as his job at the TAB.
Haynes, through his studies, developed a fascination with the science behind the thoroughbred and sighted it as a key reason for wanting to get involved.
“I find it interesting in seeing how a horse can run so fast,” he said.
“I’m still at Murdoch now and have a few years left to go, so it’s normally an early morning at trackwork, then off to Uni or the TAB.
“It’s interesting to see both sides of the game.
“Obviously in a TAB you see the punting side and how that works, but I enjoy the training side a lot.
“It’s a big day, but it’s worth it.”
Haynes had his first runner at Bunbury on December 16, when he saddled up Darryn Pateman’s former galloper Vital Lass.
He has setup his small training operation of two horses at Pateman’s Karnup stable, where he has spent a lot of time helping out Pateman’s team as well, particularly during the Broome season.
Haynes has been under the watchful eye of Pateman since he started training in his own right and was thankful for the support he received from Pateman.
Although he hasn’t had success with Vital Lass in her first two starts under his care, Haynes said he was enjoying training her as he takes his first small steps in the caper.
“It was unbelievable to be able to saddle her up for the first time, words just can’t describe it,” he said.
“To be given my trainers licence was an absolute honour.
“Vital Lass was working with Darryn and he was going to get rid of her.
“He said to me ‘that horse will be perfect for you to train because she’s a good horse to learn on’.
“I bought half the horse and Darryn gave me the other half.
“Darryn has guided me so far and has been really good to me.
“I’ve asked 1000 questions of him, if not more, and I’m constantly learning off him.
“Everyone has been welcoming and friendly so far and they are willing to give you a chance.”
This Saturday, Haynes gets the chance to saddle up his first Saturday class runner at Pinjarra, with Lady Husson to line up in the Belle Park Training And Agistment Handicap (1000m).
Lady Husson had just one start for previous trainer Dan Morton, where she was unplaced behind prodigious talent Black Sabbath.
Haynes said he was uncertain about taking the punt on the Husson filly, one he decided to take late last year.
“I saw she was for sale on the Inglis online auction,” he said.
“I searched her pedigree and I decided to let her go at the time.
“I then went back and had a look when the auction finished and no one had bought her.
“About a week later I said to my partner ‘I want to buy that horse’.
“So I messaged Dan and I picked her up the next day.
“I’ve had her now for six weeks.
“She should go okay on Saturday and if she finished midfield I’d be happy.”
Haynes said his first goal was to record his first winner as a trainer, but did have ambitions to grow his stable and attract more owners.
It’s a safe bet though, the name Jack Haynes is only going to become more prominent in the local racing industry.