Baker family seeks answers to race death

By ADAM HICKS sport@northernstar.com.au THE family of fatally injured jockey Daniel Baker has requested a coronial inquest into his death.

An employee at the Southport Coroner’s Court yesterday confirmed Daniel’s mother Debbie had lodged a written application to have the coroner investigate her son’s death.

Daniel, 26, of Coffs Harbour, died from severe head injuries sustained when his mount, Hotshot Hayil, crashed to the turf during a race at Grafton on December 2.

Daniel was taken to Grafton Base Hospital and later transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital where he never regained consciousness.

A stewards’ inquiry into the race fall charged Ballina apprentice jockey Joshua Jones with careless riding and suspended him for three months.

The court employee did not reveal the family’s grounds for the request but said it was still up to the coroner to decide if an inquest would go ahead.

It is not clear if the matter will be decided in Queensland or moved to Grafton.



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