George Baker’s Blog – July 2011 to August 2012

Excerpts from George Baker Racehorse Trainer Blog

 

2011 MAGNOLIA CUP AT GLORIOUS GOODWOOD

July 8, 2011

I have arranged for a supermodel to come and ride out this morning?! A few jockeys “tweeting” last evening that they would (rather suddenly) like to be here this morning. Supermodel on her way from London. Driving through a monsoon. She might just be regretting our conversation yesterday morning. Supermodel preparing for a ride in a celebrity race at Goodwood. Supermodel about to get very wet before jumping on a plane this afternoon to New York. Poor supermodel…

 

July 9, 2011

Supermodel turned up in the driving rain yesterday. Did not complain. Rode competently. Was excellent with the team. Got very wet. Did not complain. Smiled a lot…

Not how supermodels are supposed to behave…

Rode Ancient Greece first lot. Loved it. Smiled. Got wet. Did not complain…

Rode George Baker second lot…

Which could easily lead to a few misunderstandings around here…

Edie Campbell. The face of Vogue. Riding in a “celebrity” race at Glorious Goodwood. I hope that we can provide her with a suitable mount. She is planning to practice hard on Sam Waley-Cohen’s Equiciser. Which is probably called “Long Run”…

 

July 18, 2011

The Evening Standard, The Racing Post and the BBC here in a minute. To chronicle our resident supermodel, Edie Campbell’s preparations for Goodwood next week. Wet and grey out there. We will cope…

 

July 20, 2011

Monday morning was pretty frantic. Peter Thomas from The Racing Post with us. A man from the Evening Standard. A cameraman and reporter from the BBC. Three people from Goodwood Racecourse…

And Edie Campbell. Which, obviously, is why they were all here. Edie getting onto the front page of Tuesday’s Racing Post. Preparing to ride the multiple winner that is George Baker(?!) in a celebrity race at Glorious Goodwood next Thursday…

 

July 23, 2011

A work morning now. Several older horses first lot. The 2-year-olds a little later. The supermodel with us. And several owners. And potential owners. And then a planning session. The heads in the programme book. Around the kitchen table. Ekeing out a winning opportunity. Or two. Hopefully…

 

July 26, 2011

The girls team of Candida, Valerie, Elizabeth (Patrick’s mother) and Edie (supermodel) hitting Windsor last night. In an enormous white BMW. For some reason…

And then a busy hour on Thursday. George Baker and Edie kick starting the day.

 

July 29, 2011

Harrodian Hotshot…?!

What was that all about? The beautifully named George Baker. Having his name changed…

That particular “minor detail” not mentioned in the build up…

HH (His Highness) George Baker and Edie Campbell. A potent team. Edie listening. Not many instructions. The start always the key in these races. …

Edie has been a star. No supermodel flouncing about from her. Riding out regularly. The equine George Baker improving. Improving fast. A pleasant surprise…

“Popular handicapper George Baker“. Is how the Racing Post describe him this morning. That works. Better than HH…

GB and Edie bolting up. Good fun…

….

A busy hour. And then time for a deep breath. A drink. GB and Edie the stars of the day…

2012 MAGNOLIA CUP AT GLORIOUS GOODWOOD

June 7, 2012

Edie Campbell here this morning. To be photographed by The Daily Telegraph. Gloomy and grey out there. Not ideal for a photo shoot, but I am sure they will find a decent spot around these beautiful yards…

 

June 8, 2012

Edie Campbell with us yesterday. The countdown to the charity race at Goodwood has begun. A photographer from the Daily Telegraph here as well. Not a great morning for taking photographs. But then again, not many “great mornings” at all at the moment…

 

July 20, 2012

A busy, busy morning around the yard yesterday morning. The Channel 4 cameras here for a Goodwood preview. Edie Campbell here to sit on George Baker. The Goodwood possibles cantering up the “bank”. Goodwood on the horizon. “Glorious” it might just be. Tempting fate…

 

 

July 30, 2012

Post match report…

George Baker – 5th. Travelling very well through the race, but just plugging on through the final furlong. A decent effort, especially as this was his first run for a while. Putting him spot on for his race at Goodwood on Thursday under Edie Campbell. (GB and Edie featuring in yesterdays Sunday Telegraph “Stella” Magazine…)

 

August 6, 2012

George Baker and Edie Campbell a close 4th in the Ladies Charity Race. Not quite following up last year’s victory. But a decent effort from the pair of them…

 

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