Bio: Racing journalist turned trainer George Baker – not to be confused with the unrelated former jockey of the same name – launched his new career with a string of 15 horses at Far Westfield Farm, originally a stud farm, in Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire in March 2008.
In his first three seasons, Baker saddled 15, 26 and 40 winners, respectively, before moving to Whitsbury in Hampshire in January, 2011. In September of that year, he saddled his first Listed winner, Humidor in the Scarborough Stakes at Doncaster, and just over a year later his second, Boomshackerlacker in the Prix Saraca at Maisons-Laffite. He also saddled Belgian Bill to win the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013. After two seasons at Whitsbury, Baker was on the move again, this time to the historic Manton Estate, owned by the Sangster Family, near Marlborough in Wiltshire in December 2013.
There he remained until May 2017, notably sending out Boomshackerlacker to win the Hessen-Pokal at Frankfurt in 2014 and the Prix Jacques de Bremond at Vichy in 2015 and Belgian Bill to win the Betfred Mile at Goodwood in 2015 and the FRBC Anatolia Trophy at Veliefendi in 2016. He subsequently bought Robins Farm, a 50-box, state-of-the-art training facility – previous owned by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani and occupied by Olly Stevens – near Chiddingfold, Surrey.
He saddled just 11 winners in 2017 and just five, so far, in 2018, but with nearly 400 winners on the board Baker looks sure to improve significantly on those figures in coming seasons.