Baker Trio among Saturday’s Inglis Nursery 2013 Hopes

The now Sydney-based horseman Bjorn Baker will saddle-up a trio of two-year-olds that only cost a combined $53,000 in the lucrative 2013 Inglis Nursery at Randwick’s Kensington track this weekend.

Twilight Royale

Bjorn Baker is after back-to-back Inglis Nursery wins after the success of Twilight Royale (pictured) last year. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

The richest race on Villiers Stakes Day, Saturday’s $250,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) features a full field of juvenile Inglis graduates looking for their share in the prize money.

Only seven of the 16 final acceptors, four of which are emergencies, have had a previous race start including all three of Baker’s hopes.

Twelve months ago he snared the Inglis Nursery quinella when $45,000 buy Twilight Royale, who backed up to win the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes next start, beat home Fuerza ($32,000).

“We’ve had a bit of luck with the cheapies,” Baker told

“The owners of Twilight Royale were $100,000 in front after this race last year and of course she’s shooting for the $2.4 million bonus at Scone (in the Guineas) next year.

“And the three we’ve got in this Saturday didn’t cost an arm and a leg either.”

Baker will this summer be represented by Baio in the extreme outside barrier, Dream Habit in gate five (into four with emergencies out) and Catchtherainbow who is also out wide (14 possibly into 11).

The best fancied of his trio is the current co favourite Baio paying around $4.60, equal with Chris Waller’s unraced Flying Spur colt Super Willie, despite their horror draw.

The Myboycharlie colt cost just $15,000 from January’s William Inglis and Son 2013 Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book and has already won half of that back in their two starts.

After a fourth on debut at Randwick in October they went to the Valley on Cox Plate Day but could only manage to run eighth to Silversands in the Inglis 2YO Banner.

“Baio has freshened up really well since his trip to Melbourne and both his runs have been full of merit,” Baker said.

“If he hadn’t drawn such a wide gate I’d be more confident but the rail almost acts as a dummy or blanket does with infants, they feel safe with it around.”

Stablemate Dream Habit is also under double figures in the Inglis Nursery odds for Saturday, Nathan Berry to ride the Time Thief colt for their second career start.

Another bargain buy having been snapped up for just $8,000 from the William Inglis and Son Scone Select Yearling Sale in May, Dream Habit debuted at Newcastle on November 17 on the back of a blistering five length trial win at Warwick Farm.

They didn’t win but lost few admirers when runner-up to Princess Command in a 900m race on a Slow (7) course.

“I would’ve said Baio will beat Dream Habit home before they worked on Tuesday,” Baker said.

“There was nothing between them and obviously Dream Habit has come on a lot since his debut at Newcastle when he finished second over 900 metres.”

Rounding out Baker’s hopes on Saturday is then double figure outsider Catchtherainbow to be ridden by Tommy Berry.

They may be the longest priced of his chances but they were the most expensive yearling purchase with connections paying $30,000 to have them in their stables.

The All American filly encountered a Heavy (8) Scone track for her debut on November 25 which she didn’t handle running seven lengths away fifth to Prime Suspect in the Coolmore Handicap.

It’s an effort Baker has forgiven and forgotten, something he believes punters should do as well.

“The track was heavy, she missed the start was working and you’ve just got to put the pen through the run,” he explained.

“She was trialling pretty good before that and don’t be surprised if she comes or and runs a big race at a good price.”

Other notable Inglis Nursery hopes this year include Dubelo colt Chain Reaction debuting, Mossman filly Mossfun and Believe Yourself for Gerald Ryan.

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