Not to be confused with the trainer (or even the horse) with the same name, George Baker has been surrounded by horses all of his life.
His father is a leading farrier and it was little surprise that Baker decided to follow in the family footsteps as he joined up with Lambourn handler Mark Usher after leaving school.
He is very tall for a Flat jockey at 6ft and daily uses hot baths and saunas to get down to 9st.
He posted his first victory aboard Beauchamp Magic in December 1999 and gained national prominence in 2006 when he partnered Rising Cross to finish second in the Epsom Oaks.
Baker has continued to impress in the saddle in recent years and has enjoyed Group race success on the likes of Royal Rock, Premio Loco and Askar Tau, as well as recording a century of victories in both 2008 and 2010. He landed the Group 2 betfred.com Temple Stakes, the first race in the Sprint category of the 2012 QIPCO British Champions Series, on Bated Breath on May 26.
He was most unlucky to get beaten in the final stride after riding a great race on Harris Tweed in the 2013 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup, but he soon made up for that when riding his first Group 1 winner at the age of 31 when powering Seal Of Approval clear in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes in his most lucrative season yet.
He rode a fine race on Al Kazeem when just touched off in the 2014 QIPCO Champion Stakes by Noble Mission and was equally as close on Quest For More in the 2015 Qatar Goodwood Cup.
He will always cherish 2016, when he guided Harbour Law to a pulsating triumph in the Ladbrokes St Leger just weeks after landing the Lonsdale Cup at York on Quest For More.
In late February 2017, he suffered a heavy fall at St Moritz and was placed in an induced coma but he woke up later the same day.
A subsequent MRI scan revealed Baker has suffered from some bleeding in the brain and he faces a long rehabilitation process.
QIPCO British Champions Series Victories
BCS Career statistics
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