Baker makes hay while sun shines on Downs At The Track
TOWNSVILLE trainer Brett Baker’s move to Toowoomba is set to become a permanent one.
Baker ventured south to ‘test the water’ in midNovember.
He currently has 11 horses in work at Clifford Park.
‘‘I can probably make a better living here than I could in Townsville,’’ Baker said this week.
‘‘Up there I was stuck at half a dozen horses and did a lot of shoeing, but in summer I put my horses out and so does everyone else so there isn’t much shoeing to do.
certainly not any easier here, it’s pretty expensive. But I’ve picked up a few horses since I’ve been here.’’
Baker said things had been going reasonably well on the racetrack.
‘ ‘ I ’ ve only had three starters — Sir Phoenix ran second here a couple of weeks ago and we were a bit unlucky last Friday when we had one rear in the barriers at Ipswich,’’ he said.
Baker has been joined in Toowoomba by wife Christine and children Courtney, 13, and Stewart, 10.
Baker, 36, believed the time was right to try his luck down south.
‘‘I’ve got a fear in life that I don’t want to get to 65 and look back and say ‘I wish I’d had a go at that’,’’ Baker said.
‘‘I’m 36 now, if you’re any younger owners don’t want to listen to you and if you’re any older you miss out.’’ FAR North Queensland app r e n t i c e C a m p b e l l McCallum has been honoured in the Prime Minis- ter’s Awards for Skill Excellence.
McCallum, 17, this month travelled to Parliament House in Canberra to accept his award as Australia’s top student in the Agri-food category.
He was one of 20 students from around Australia to receive awards, which recognise outstanding skill, commitment and achievement in vocational and technical education.
McCallum — indentured to Gordonvale trainer Ralph Baker — has completed the first two years of his four-year apprenticeship while also completing his Year 12 certificate. FEARS have been allayed that interstate jockeys may boycott next month’s Gold Coast Magic Millions carnival.
Queensland Racing and WorkCover Queensland this week reached agreement regarding changes to workers compensation arrangements.
Jockeys can now claim compensation based on earnings from riding anywhere in Australia, not just Queensland.
GOOD to see the guys at TAB Sportsbet have a sense of humour.
They had to have been joking with their quote of $10 about an England win on the fourth morning of the third Ashes test last weekend.
The punchdrunk Poms at that stage were 1-19 in their second innings and needing to rewrite 129 years of Test cricket history just to get within cooee of a victory target of 557.
$101 would have been a more realistic price. THE Townsville Bulletin sports department would like to wish all our readers a safe and happy Christmas.