Flat jockey George Baker, back recently from the Dubai sunshine to a wet and drizzly Great Britain has picked up on his role as Ambassador for the All-Weather Championship to be held at Lingfield Park on Good Friday next year.
He said: “Just back from the Dubai sunshine to a rather wet and drizzly Great Britain, so thank heaven things are hotting up here with the All-Weather Championships gaining momentum.
“Just reflecting on my week away, it was great to see the boys out in Dubai including Dane O’Neil, Sammy Hitchcott and Pat Dobbs who all rode at Meydan’s opening meeting on the new dirt surface. The reports back were positive – it rode well, you expect a bit of kickback but it was fine and light, the new track will need a bit of time to settle and the times indicated it may have ridden a bit dead, but everyone seemed happy enough with it.
“I managed to get quite a bit of golf in during the week, I didn’t play that well to begin with but definitely improved as I acclimatised to the heat – I’ll stick to the day job for now!
“Now back to business this week with some really nice horses to ride and some terrific racing to follow. I’ll be kept busy on Wednesday with a Lingfield and Kempton double header. I have two for Tom Dascombe at Lingfield – Marmalad (won)in the opener who should go well and then Barracuda Boy (won) in the Unibet Handicap over 6f, he is top weight but drawn 1 which should make things easier and it’s always a pleasure riding for owner Laurence Bellman whose flat horses are trained by Tom Dascombe and Ed Walker. I also ride Salmon Sushi for David Lanigan at Lingfield, he hasn’t run for a year, a nice sort to look forward to.
“On Wednesday I team up with one of my favourite old friends Premio Loco at Kempton Park. Premio Loco, All-Weather stalwart, and Winter Derby 2012 winner is taking on some class acts in the Fast Track Qualifier Listed race sponsored by Betdaq. We has a bit to find at the weights and some stiff competition to face in the winner Sloane Avenue and finished unplaced. But at 10-years-old Premio Loco still has what it takes and is an absolute credit to his trainer Chris Wall,” said George.