Bjorn Baker is from a family steeped in racing history, with his father, Murray Baker, one of New Zealand’s most successful horse trainers, having won over 100 Stakes races across Australasia.
Bjorn assisted his father at his Cambridge stables from an early age, but he took his career in a different direction when graduating with a degree in Pharmacy in 1999 from Otago University, New Zealand.
Yet the lure of racing was too great to ignore and, after spending time with some of the world’s top trainers of thoroughbreds at Irish Hall of Fame trainer John Oxx, and multiple Stakes-winning trainer Christophe Clement’s Belmont stables in New York, Bjorn returned to the family business in 2007.
For the Sydney Autumn carnival of 2008, Bjorn oversaw the triumphant campaign of Nom De Jeu during which he won the Group 1 Australian Derby at Randwick at 40-1.
He then joined his father in a partnership for the 2008/09 season, before relocating to Warwick Farm for the 2011/12 season. During their highly successful partnership Baker Racing claimed a total of 30 Stakes races, including a Victoria Derby success with Lion Tamer in 2010.
An up and coming trainer within Sydney, Bjorn is establishing a shrewd reputation as one of the leading trainers in New South Wales. His first Stakes win came courtesy of Cantonese in 2012, while Unencumbered hit the headlines when winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 2014, adding to his Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes in 2013.
A noted trainer of both sprinters and stayers, his rise through the training ranks has been explosive. Bjorn has achieved particular success with top class juveniles Winning Rupert, who won the Group 2 Champagne Classic in 2016, Twilight Royale, Fuerza and Brilliant Terror.
In May 2016, he claimed his first Group 1 success when Music Magnate stormed clear to win the Doomben 10,000. The horse backed up that victory by winning the Group 2 Expressway Stakes in January 2017.
Bjorn Baker is a trainer making his mark. Last season he finished fourth in the Sydney trainer premiership, and has worked his way up to earn himself a place alongside Sydney’s elite. This makes horse shares with Bjorn Baker a valuable opportunity.