Dou­ble has the Bak­ers in dough

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY

MURRAY Baker won a Group 1 race in New Zealand with Madi­son County yesterday, but his son Bjorn has already trumped him in terms of prize­money with Good­fella’s second in the Magic Mil­lions Tro­phy at the Gold Coast.

Lit­tle won­der then Bjorn cel­e­brated wildly when later in the day Re­dou­ble com­pleted a $1 mil­lion race dou­ble for his sta­ble in the Magic Mil­lions Cup after Egyp­tian Sym­bol had won the Snip­pets ear­lier in the day.

“It’s spe­cial. It’s been a great day,” Baker said.

“My old man won a Group 1 in New Zealand. I phoned him up and said ‘ well done’ but I said I’ve still won more money. That was after Good­fella had run second. What a coun­try!”

Re­dou­ble, a $200,000 year­ling, started his ca­reer with Team Hawkes be­fore switch­ing to Baker in Septem­ber 2017.

“He’s been a great horse, a very spe­cial horse,” Baker said.

“I’m so lucky. Lucky bene­fac­tor of a very good horse.

“It’s a big week and I’ve spent a lot of money and my wife owns a lot of Re­dou­ble, so we don’t have to sell the house now.

“We’re sell­ing dreams and this is what it’s about.”

Ear­lier, Baker ad­mit­ted it had taken him the best part of four years to work out the key to suc­cess for Egyp­tian Sym­bol, who upset pun­ters by win­ning the Snip­pets. GRIN­NING WIN­NERS: Ja­son Col­lett and Bjorn Baker.

In con­trast to pre­vi­ous vis­its to the Gold Coast, Baker took a dif­fer­ent ap­proach this year with Egyp­tian Sym­bol by aim­ing the mare for a first-up tilt on the race.

The gam­ble paid off when Ja­son Col­lett rode Egyp­tian Sym­bol ($26) to vic­tory from lo­cal Fiery Heights ($26) and Dothraki ($17).

From six pre­vi­ous first-up at­tempts, Egyp­tian Sym­bol has won four times, prompt­ing Baker to tar­get the Snip­pets while the mare was fresh.

“You live and learn as a trainer and find there’s many ways to skin a cat,” he said.

“It’s taken me a long time but I fi­nally re­alised that firstup and fresh is the best way to go with this mare.”

As a three-year-old Egyp­tian Sym­bol fin­ished third in the Magic Mil­lions Guineas won by Mahuta.

At last year’s car­ni­val, the mare fin­ished third in the Snip­pets to Vid­dora.

Baker be­lieves the Magic Mil­lions car­ni­val is ideal for a mare like her. WITH AAP

PRIZED RE­SULT: Re­dou­ble wins the Magic Mil­lions Cup at the Gold Coast yesterday. Picture: AAP

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