Double has the Bakers in dough
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