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Jockey George Baker announces his retirement from racing

Jockey George Baker announces his retirement from racing

by IJF |  3 Nov 2017

Jockey George Baker today announces his retirement from racing. 

George, 35, has ridden over 1300 winners in a career spanning 18 years, and rode his first classic winner in the 2016 St Leger aboard Harbour Law.

In February 2017 he was seriously injured in a fall at the St Moritz White Turf meeting.

George says:

"I had a very bad accident this year and suffered a serious head injury.  Whilst my recovery is going well, I have been thinking about the future and in consultation with Dr Jerry Hill at the BHA, have accepted it is not medically possible for me to come back to race riding. 

Since my accident, my wife Nicola and family have been incredibly strong and their positivity has made it so much easier for me to get through the bad times.  The Professional Jockeys Association, The Injured Jockeys Fund and Oaksey House have looked after me, and I'm well aware that if it wasn't for their help, I wouldn't be as far forward as I am. I would like to thank all of them so much, as well as the wider racing community for their support and incredible kindness.

I have not decided what my future holds, but I will continue with my recovery programme and get as well as I can.

Although I will not be able to race ride again, I consider myself extremely fortunate to be where I am now."

George Baker

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