Bjorn and his team are committed to providing your horses with the finest training and care that he and his staff can possibly give.

Bjorn Baker

Growing up, Bjorn worked for his father, Murray Baker (currently New Zealand’s most successful trainer), on and off at every opportunity from the time he could wield a fork. Despite horse racing being in his blood, Bjorn graduated from Otago University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy and spent over eight years in that profession before the pull of his horse-racing roots became too strong. He worked in New Zealand, Australia, England and Ireland throughout his pharmacy career which allowed him to attend many of Australasia’s and Europe’s great race meetings. With dreams of becoming a thoroughbred horse trainer, Bjorn decided to capitalise on his years overseas and spent time at The Curragh with Irish Hall of Fame trainer, John Oxx, and in Belmont, New York with master US trainer, Christophe Clement.

In 2007, Bjorn decided to forgo his Pharmacy career and join Murray in the family business. On Bjorn’s first foray with a horse to Australia he accompanied Nom Du Jeu on his highly successful Autumn Carnival campaign in 2008, winning the AJC Derby at 40-1. After proving his worth, Bjorn then entered into a training partnership with Murray from the start of the 2008/09 season; in both the 2008/09 season and 2010/11 Baker Racing won more prize money than any other New Zealand based stable. Bjorn remained in partnership with his father, Murray, for three seasons during which they won in excess of 30 Stakes Races. The highlight of the partnership was in 2010 when Lion Tamer won the prestigious VRC Derby. Bjorn continues to maintain a strong working relationship with his father in New Zealand and It’s A Dundeel, Mongolian Khan, Bonneval and Jon Snow have all been stabled with Bjorn during their super successful Sydney Campaigns. Murray and Andrew Forsman’s record whilst travelling to Bjorn’s stable are simply unheralded.

Since arriving in Sydney Bjorn has not only produced results with stayers such as Cantonese, Candelara, Imposing Lass and Mr Tipsy as expected with his background; he has also produced numerous 2yo winners including Unencumbered, Winning Rupert, Champagne Cuddles, Goodfella, Twilight Royale, Fuerza and Brilliant Terror (sold to HK) and recently produced Group 1 winners Music Magnate winning the Doomben 10,000 and Samadoubt winning the Group 1 Winx Stakes. Now in his ninth season training in Australia, Bjorn continues to go from strength to strength and is on target to have his best ever season in 2019/2020.

 

Stephen McLean – Racing & Bloodstock Manager

Stephen grew up in Bundaberg, QLD, often attending local race meetings with his parents. However the racing game well and truly hooked him in after experiencing a yearling sale on the Gold Coast. He started travelling to New Zealand during his school holidays for work experience at Hallmark Stud with Mark and Denny Baker, which then turned into a full-time position for three years before returning to Australia to work for Mick Kent in Cranbourne. After two and a half years in Victoria, experience further abroad beckoned, and Stephen moved to Newmarket, England to take up a Pupil Assistant’s role with Chris Wall for 18 months.
En route home to Australia, he stopped off in the USA for 12 months working as a Travelling Foreman to Tom Morley in New York and New Orleans.
Upon his return to Australia, Stephen landed in Ballarat, taking on the role of Racing Manager for Archie Alexander for a short stint before finding his way to Bjorn Baker Racing.
Stephen is heavily involved in all aspects of the day to day running of the business with a particular focus on communication, race programming, stock selection and sales.
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