Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Racing

Baker aiming for racing return despite horror injury

By Graham Clark

Classic-winning jockey George Baker has not given up hope of returning to the saddle as he continues to recover from the brain injury he sustained in a fall at St Moritz earlier this year.

The rider, who won last year's St Leger on Harbour Law, suffered bleeding on his brain after falling from the Jamie Osborne-trained Boomerang Bob, who suffered a fatal injury after being brought down racing on the frozen lake track in February.

Baker said: "As it is a brain injury I suffered, it is unknown how long I will be out.

"It is a long road, but I will keep working at it and just get as well as I can.

"I have just been doing lots of rehab which has included physiotherapy, fitness and balance work.

"I am getting better as I couldn't walk at the start of it.

"I would like to ride again, but I will just keep on kicking on and see what happens."

Meanwhile, Andrew Balding's stable stalwart and dual Group Two winner Tullius has been retired.

The nine-year-old arguably produced his best ever performance when second to Olympic Glory in the 2014 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, a year in which he was fourth in both the Queen Anne Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

At his best with a bit of juice in the ground, he was last seen finishing fourth to First Sitting in a Listed race at Goodwood in May, during which he picked up an injury.

A spokesman for his owners, Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, said: "After an injury sustained at Goodwood, the decision was made to retire him. A great character who is an athlete through and through, we are hopeful of finding him a new active career."

Tullius won 11 of his 42 career starts, picking up over £500,000 in prize-money.

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here


From Belfast Telegraph