Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Errors This Time as Baker's Faith Is Repaid

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Errors This Time as Baker's Faith Is Repaid

Article excerpt

THIS time last year George Baker was ruing the one that got away as Cotai Glory dumped him on the turf in the Flying Childers at Doncaster.

Fast forward 12 months and the pair were reunited for the j2o Spritz Scarbrough Stakes and there was no mistake this time, with another Charlie Hills-trained sprinter winning a big prize.

With champion sprinterelect Muhaarar and Sprint Cup second and third Strath Burn and Magical Memory also in his stable, rarely has one yard enjoyed such a wealth of riches in the division.

Last year Cotai Glory (11-4 favourite) appeared to spy the gap in the rails where the horses leave the paddock and when he jinked, Baker had no chance of staying in the saddle. While the three-year-old looked to be thinking about doing it again, Baker was aware to the possibility and kept him straight enough to beat the veteran Kingsgate Native by a length.

"It was better than last year," said Baker. "He had a look again but nothing like as severe. …

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