DANIEL BAKER the Coffs Harbour jockey that died after a racing fall at Grafton on December 2.
DANIEL BAKER the Coffs Harbour jockey that died after a racing fall at Grafton on December 2.

Baker enquiry to resume at Grafton

By ADAM HICKS

DEBBIE BAKER will be present today when the enquiry into the racing death of her son and jockey Daniel Baker resumes.

Debbie has indicated to stewards that she will be on hand at the Clarence River Jockey Club to hear accounts from jockeys in the race, their masters and interpretation of video footage of the accident that happened at the Grafton Racecourse on December 2.

Jockeys called to give evidence at the enquiry include Ballina apprentice Joshua Jones, Casino's Lorna Cook, Grafton apprentice Ben Looker and Grafton-based Andrew Parramore.

Jones' master Stephen Lee and Looker's master John Shelton will accompany their apprentices to the proceedings.

Bellamy to attend

Baker's former master and family friend Brett Bellamy, who prepared Hotshot Hayil the horse Baker was riding when the fall occured, will also be attending.

Baker died from serious head injuries sustained when Hotshot Hayil crashed into the turf.

The 23-year-old was taken to Grafton hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

Later that evening he was airlifted to the Gold Coast where he remained on life support for two days.

The day before the accident, Baker piloted Rainbow's View to third place in the Lismore Cup.

Baker's family rushed from their Coffs Harbour home to his bedside, but the popular hoop never regained consciousness.

Enquire postponed

Evidence was taken from all riders immediately after the race but the enquiry was postponed to give Baker's family time to grieve.

Baker was initially apprenticed to Bellamy and the pair remained close after Baker switched to join his mother's stable.

Baker's girlfriend Linda Humphreys is a stable hand for Bellamy.

The same stewards panel from the race meeting will conduct the enquiry.

Craig Pringle will chair the proceedings and be assisted by Drew Smith and Fred Worrad.

Proceedings start at 11am.



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