About Bjorn Baker:
Bjorn Baker has worked for his father, Murray Baker (one of New Zealand’s most successful trainers), on and off at every opportunity from the time he could wield a fork. Despite horse racing being in the blood, Bjorn Baker graduated from Otago University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy. He spent over eight years in that profession before the pull of his horse-racing roots became too strong. He worked in New Zealand, Australia, England and Ireland throughout his pharmacy career. It allowed Bjorn Baker to attend many of Australasia’s and Europe’s great race meetings. With dreams of becoming a thoroughbred horse trainer, Bjorn Baker decided to capitalise on his years overseas. As he spent time at The Curragh with Irish Hall of Fame trainer, John Oxx, and in Belmont, New York with master US trainer, Christophe Clement.
In 2007, Bjorn Baker decided to forgo his Pharmacy career and join Murray in the family business. Bjorn’s first foray with a horse to Australia he accompanied Nom Du Jeu on his highly successful Autumn Carnival campaign in 2008. Winning the AJC Derby at 40-1. After proving his worth, Bjorn then entered into a training partnership with Murray from the start of the 2008/09 season; in both the 2008/09 season and 2010/11 Baker Racing won more prize money than any other New Zealand based stable.
Bjorn remained in partnership with his father, Murray, for three seasons during which they won in excess of 30 Stake Races. Bjorn continues to maintain a strong working relationship with his father in New Zealand. It’s A Dundeel was stabled with Bjorn Baker during his recent Triple Crown (Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and ATC Derby) in the Autumn of 2013. The highlight of the partnership was in 2010 when Lion Tamer won the prestigious VRC Derby.
Since arriving in Sydney Bjorn Baker has not only produced results with stayers such as Cantonese and Mr Tipsy as expected with his background. Bjorn has also produced numerous 2yo winners including Unencumbered, Winning Rupert, Twilight Royale, Fuerza and Brilliant Terror (sold to HK). He recently produced his first Group 1 winner with Music Magnate winning the Doomben 10,000. Bjorn is currently sitting sixth on the NSW Trainers Premiership having 69 winners since the 1st August 2016 including 22 Metropolitan winners. Now in his sixth season training in Australia. Bjorn continues to go from strength which continually sees him beating his previous season’s record.
Warwick Farm is where the ‘Country meets the City’. The track’s facilities can’t be matched by any other metropolitan racecourse in Australasia. With huge space and a variety of tracks, the facilities are outstanding and will only improve with the ATC announcing that they are going to invest $25 million into the facilities.
There are numerous tracks available from synthetic to grass. Also natural paths and areas for horses to walk and pick grass. A distinct advantage over other metropolitan tracks is the new ‘Pro-Ride’ synthetic track. It allows horses at Warwick Farm to exercise regardless of the weather. The state-of-the-art swimming pool also adds another dimension to the facilities. It allows horses to perform to the best of their ability. Warwick Farm is a fantastic place to train racehorses which recent results from the training centre show.
The boxes available to Bjorn Baker Racing are modern and user-friendly; Bjorn has invested in a private walking machine, numerous sand rolls are available, and all concrete is covered in rubber matting offering a safe environment for your horse.
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