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Baker at home in Australia and chasing metro success

February 3, 2012

Expatriate Kiwi trainer Bjorn Baker, fresh from a return to his homeland for the Karaka Sales, will be looking for his first metropolitan victory since his move across the Tasman when Sharp Princess lines up in the last race of the card, the Warwick Farm Handicap (1600m), at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Baker, a son of legendary Cambridge trainer Murray, made the move last winter. While he has had winners at Bathurst (Sky Gaze) and Newcastle (Havana Rey), he is yet to have a metropolitan victory from limited starters.

A pharmacist by trade, Baker entered a training partnership with his father at the start of the 2008/2009 season, having worked for him for a year. This included a trip as travelling foreman when Nom du Jeu won the AJC Derby at mammoth odds. Before that, he had spent time with international trainers John Oxx (UK) and Christophe Clement (USA).

It was at this time that the stable entered a rich vein of form. Between 2007 and 2011, the stable had such horses as AJC Derby winner Nom du Jeu, Tulloch Stakes winner Harris Tweed, Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer, Captain Cook Stakes winner We Can Say It Now and Sydney Cup placegetter Mr Tipsy.

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