Music Magnate Offers Reasonable Chance for Bjorn Baker’s First Australian Group 1 Win.
Five years is a long time to wait for your first Group 1 victory, unless you happen to fall into the category of a thoroughbred trainer who has never won a Group 1 victory.
This is the scenario that confronts trainer Bjorn Baker, who plans to field Music Magnate in Saturday’s Doomben 10,000.
Baker had considerable success when he was based in New Zealand, but since he set up his operation at Warwick Farms, he has discovered that success does not come quite as easily in Australia.
He has won 13 races in Queensland in May, three of them Black Type, with the most recent win courtesy of War Pig in the Nowra Cup.
Five-year-old Music Magnate is also showing good form, has failed to place only once in 11 career starts, that being a loss of under two lengths at Randwick last year.
The horse is attempting to jump to weight-for-age racing, something that is seldom successfully attempted and it is likely that he will have to tote an extra 5 kg according to benchmark ratings.
To his credit, Baker attributed his recent success to having the “right horses at the right time.”
Music Magnate will jump from barrier six in the 10-horse field, currently priced by Sportsbet at $6.50. He will have to contend with Azkadellia at $2.80.