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Jockey George Baker faces long rehabilitation process

4 Mar 2017

Leading rider suffered bleeding in his brain after fall in Switzerland

HARBOUR LAW

Baker partnered Harbour Law to St Leger glory at Doncaster in September. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Leading jockey George Baker faces “a long rehabilitation process” after suffering some bleeding in the brain after his fall in St Moritz last Sunday.

The 34-year-old, who won the Ladbrokes St Leger last September on Harbour Law, was riding Boomerang Bob for Jamie Osborne on the frozen lake track when the horse was brought down and fatally injured in the first race of the day.

Two other horses came down in the incident but neither they nor their jockeys were seriously injured.
Baker was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Chur and has remained in intensive care all week, undergoing a MRI scan on Friday which revealed the bleeding in his brain.

A statement issued by the Professional Jockeys Association said: “Following a fall during the first race at St Moritz on Sunday, February 26, George Baker was transferred by air ambulance to Graubunden Hospital in Chur, Switzerland, where he has remained in a stable condition in intensive care.

“Having had CT scans earlier in the week, George underwent a MRI scan today.

“Following those MRI scan results, George has suffered from some bleeding in the brain and we are anticipating a long rehabilitation process, but are hopeful that he will make a positive recovery.

“George will remain in hospital in Switzerland whilst arrangements are made for his return home to commence his rehabilitation. George’s family would like to express their thanks for all the kind messages of support and would appreciate privacy at this difficult time.”

Baker has ridden 1,364 victories in Britain, including 44 Group and Listed victories.

In all, his mounts have won almost £12 million in prize money. He has ridden the winners of four QIPCO British Champions Series races and been placed in another 14.