Golden Slipper in his sights

Ready for the riches: Bjorn Baker at his Warwick Farm racing stables on Friday. Picture: Simon Bennett
Ready for the riches: Bjorn Baker at his Warwick Farm racing stables on Friday. Picture: Simon Bennett

WITH the Magic Millions Classic trophy in his safekeeping trainer Bjorn Baker now has his heart set on getting the biggest two-year-old racehorse prize of them of all — The Golden Slipper (1200 metres).

Baker's smart two-year-old galloper Unencumbered recently won the $2 million classic on the Gold Coast and is now in the paddock for a short break.

"Unencumbered is spelling at Hawkesbury and he will be back in the stables here in a few weeks," Baker said.

"Then he'll have a few weeks' work and we'll give him one run then two barrier trials before the Golden Slipper."

Unencumbered has won five of his six career starts and more than $1.7 million in prizemoney.

The $3.5 million Golden Slipper is run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, April 5, and is the world's richest race for two year-olds.

Unencumbered, the 500 kilogram colt, has already qualified by winning the Magic Millions event. Baker bought the horse at the 2013 Magic Millions sales for only $70,000.

"He's a very tractable horse for a two-year-old," Baker said.

While at the Gold Coast Baker opened the purse strings and bought some new youngsters for his stable at the Magic Millions sales.

"I bought nine horses," he said.

Kiwi-born Baker, who is also a pharmacist by profession, has found the right prescription training horses since coming to Warwick Farm two half years ago.

He grew up in a racing family in New Zealand and his father Murray Baker is one of racing's top trainers winning major races all around the world.

"I always wanted to train horses," Baker, 35, said.

"When I got here I had three horses, now I have 55 and we employ 17 staff.

"I love it here at Warwick Farm, the environment is ideal for racehorses in the relaxed surroundings and the track has the best facilities anywhere in the world."


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