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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.

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