“I Had a Barrage of Abuse” – George Baker Relives Cotai Glory’s Chaos Moment | Horse racing news


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George Baker renounces Cotai Glory with Flying Childers victory in sight

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Throughout the race you always had the good, the bad and the ugly. However, on a few special occasions fans are honored with the downright wacky.

They may have escaped you, but they haven’t been erased from history and brought us some of the funniest – and most dramatic – moments ever seen on the track.

In a new series from the Racing Post, we take a look back at some of the most wacky races ever, focusing on one of the most spectacular finishes of all time as Cotai Glory snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in from the Flying Childers 2014 to Doncaster. . .


Charlie Hills encouraged Battaash and Muhaarar to become two of the best sprinters of all time, but they couldn’t even match Cotai Glory’s speed as a juvenile.

The precocious son of Exceed And Excel took some time to learn his craft, setting himself apart in Bath on his third start before finishing second behind Limato at Newbury.

His electric rhythm came to the fore in the Molecomb Stakes when he broke the two-year course record at Goodwood, before traveling to Doncaster for the Flying Childers.

The race

With everything in Cotai Glory’s favor, jockey George Baker couldn’t fathom his mount’s 6-1 SP in the Flying Childers. Baker could have been surprised but he was going to have a bigger surprise at the end of the race.

In a competitive Group 2 race, Cotai Glory abruptly broke and quickly traced a track from the front, showing lightning speed.

He was going to do everything in a dominant fashion before giving Baker, Hills and his followers the shock of their lives.

Flying Childers 2014: full results and replay of the race

The incident

There was no sign of the impending drama as Cotai Glory took control from afar. A pink blur passed the furlong marker – still no problem. Half a time and the race was surely over as the fat lady prepared her singing voice. Then in the last 50 yards, like a flash of blue, Baker was sent flying.

He came so close to the winning post, the momentum of the knockdown nearly sent the hapless jockey tumbling across the line. So what happened? To this day, Baker and Hills are not entirely sure. What is clear is that Cotai Glory hung up badly on the right, causing the saddle to move and send Baker out the side door.

Crowds gasping could be heard on the main street of Doncaster and Beacon picked up the pieces to pull out one of the luckiest winners of all time.

What they say

George Baker, jockey

He had so much natural speed and tore the field in the Flying Childers. It was a very strange experience as you went from thinking that you were going to win comfortably to being disappointed with what happened. It was a real shame.

We were clear and at a meter and a half, I could feel him hanging his jaw to the right. This has happened over an extended period of time.

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George Baker begins to fall from his Mount Cotai Glory near the finish of the race

George Baker begins to fall from his Mount Cotai Glory near the finish of the race

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I fought to keep it straight and picked up my stick, thinking I could keep it under pressure while pushing it forward. Unfortunately my body weight shifted to my left foot, the tack shifted and I lost my balance.

I watched it a few times and wish I hadn’t used my stick and kept both hands on the reins. But we can all be generals after the war.

I’ve had a deluge of abuse on social media and I’m sure if it was now it would have been even worse.

He was the fastest two-year-old that I trained. I have never known a horse with as much energy as him. I remember watching the Flying Childers from the Doncaster paddock and as he walked past me I turned away thinking he had won which I will never do again.

I was standing next to Richard Hannon and he said well done and then suddenly I heard the noise of the crowd. Then Richard went and won with Beacon. I will never forget it – it was amazing.

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George Baker Dramatically Separates Cotai Glory in Doncaster

George Baker Dramatically Separates Cotai Glory in Doncaster

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