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Bjorn Baker Lands A Magical Double

Fourth time proved a charm for talented Stratum mare Egyptian Symbol when she gave Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker the first leg of a Magic Millions double at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Bjorn Baker Lands A Magical Double

Fourth time proved a charm for talented Stratum mare Egyptian Symbol when she gave Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker the first leg of a Magic Millions double at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Egyptian Symbol
Egyptian Symbol Picture:Steve Hart

Egyptian Symbol (Stratum x Our Egyptian Raine by Desert Sun) produced a devastating turn of speed from last to win the $1 million Magic Millions Snippets (1200m) after three previous attempts to win a feature on Queensland’s biggest race day.

The six-year-old’s stunning win over Fiery Heights and Dothraki made up for her near misses when third in the Magic Millions Guineas in 2016, sixth in the Magic Millions Fillies and Mares in 2017 and third in last year’s Magic Millions Snippets.


Baker secured Egyptian Symbol after she was passed in for $90,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

“She’s been a stalwart, this is the fourth year she’s been back,” Baker said.

“There are a lot of ways to skin a cat but I think I finally got it right. You buy horses at this carnival so you can come back every year and you’re running for a million dollars.”

Egyptian Symbol Horseform is the seventh foal from champion New Zealand sprinter Our Egyptian Raine, also the dam of Hong Kong G1 placed Strathmore (Fastnet Rock).

Our Egyptian Raine is a half-sister to multiple listed winner Egyptian Ra (Woodborough) and four other winners from six foals to race.

She has an unraced 2YO filly by Smart Missile, a yearling by Hinchinbrook and foaled a colt by All Too Hard in 2018. She is now in foal to Headwater.

Baker, who won the 2014 Magic Millions 2YO Classic with Unencumbered, ended with two big wins on Saturday after the Redoute’s Choice five-year-old Redouble won the $1 million Magic Millions Cup.

Purchased for $200,000 out of Torryburn Stud’s draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Redouble Horseform (Redoute’s Choice x Special Mission by Towkay) has now won more than $950,000 in prizemoney for connections.

Redouble is one of five winners from the G1 winning mare Special Mission, a member of a prolific black type family.

Special Mission has a 2YO Helmet filly and foaled a Palentino colt last year. She is in foal to Fighting Sun.

Baker was a busy buyer on the opening three days of the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale securing at least nine lots including a daughter of Snitzel out of 2013 Magic Millions Classic winner Real Surreal for $450,000.

Racing And Sports



147796
R5 GOLD COAST 12 January 2019
It's Live In Qld M.M. Snippets 3U , 1200m
FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
4. EGYPTIAN SYMBOL (AUS)
6yo Mare
BJORN BAKER
JASON COLLETT
57.0
$26.00
 
STRATUM (AUS) - OUR EGYPTIAN RAINE (NZ)
Cressfield (Mgr: B W Neill)
2nd  
7. FIERY HEIGHTS (AUS)
6yo Gelding
BARRY LOCKWOOD
BRAD STEWART
57.0
$26.00
 
HIDDEN DRAGON (AUS) - MOUNTAIN OF LOVE (AUS)
N G Sklenars & Mrs K G Sklenars
3rd  
1. DOTHRAKI (AUS)
8yo Gelding
P & P SNOWDEN
JIM BYRNE
59.5
$17.00
 
MOSSMAN (AUS) - VOLANTIS (AUS)
Triple Crown Syndications (Mgr: C Ward), G Harvey, Ms V Johnson, Mrs D G Moore, J H Hazlett, D K Poisel, B M Chisholm, K A Marsh, D Warren, V Albanese, S Novak, B S Close, K T Maisey, Mrs C H A Maisey & Campbell Graham Racing (Mgr: S Graham)
 Jun 12, 2012 National Yearling Sale, Widden Valley, $45000, Triple Crown Syndications, NSW
 
4th  2. KAEPERNICK (AUS)
7yo Gelding
JOHN O'SHEA
JAMES MCDONALD
58.5
$7.50
5th  13. USAIN BOWLER (AUS)
4yo Gelding
JOHN SADLER
BEN MELHAM
56.5
$4.00
6th  12. MALVERN ESTATE (AUS)
5yo Gelding
DESLEIGH FORSTER
MARK DU PLESSIS
56.5
$101.00
7th  6. LE CORDON BLEU (AUS)
8yo Gelding
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
TOMMY BERRY
57.0
$31.00
8th  9. IRISH CONSTABULARY (AUS)
10yo Gelding
J G SYMONS & S LAXON
LARRY CASSIDY
56.5
$31.00
9th  10. SPENDING TO WIN (AUS)
5yo Gelding
P & P SNOWDEN
KERRIN MCEVOY
56.5
$21.00
10th  3. HOUTZEN (AUS)
4yo Mare
TOBY EDMONDS
J LLOYD
57.0
$2.25
11th  5. INVINCIBLE STAR (AUS)
4yo Mare
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TIM CLARK
57.0
$10.00
12th  14. WILL'S BID (AUS)
4yo Gelding
ANGELA PLUMB
JAG GUTHMANN-CHESTER
56.5
$201.00
13th  11. CRAFTY COP (AUS)
5yo Gelding
ROBERT HEATHCOTE
DALE SMITH
56.5
$151.00

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