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Baker heads to Queensland Cup after late change of heart

By Glenn Davis

Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker is hopeful his late decision to send Fun Fact north for the Listed Queensland Cup will pay dividends at Doomben on Saturday.

Fun Fact was nominated for the 2200-metre feature but Baker initially was reluctant to start him.

However, he had a late change of mind after studying the Queensland Cup entries.

“We originally planned to run him in the Port Macquarie Cup before we put in a cheeky nomination at the last minute for the Queensland Cup,” Baker said.

“I was also considering the St Leger over 2600 metres at Randwick next Saturday.

"But he'll need to run well in the Queensland Cup and travel well back home to run in the St. Leger.

“It’s not out of the question to still run in the St Leger but he’s definitely going for the Queensland Cup.”

Fun Fact is coming off a last start third to the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Entente over 1900 metres at Rosehill on September 26.

The five-year-old won the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes as a three-year-old at Eagle Farm last year but has won only once race since - over 1600 metres at Warwick Farm in January.

“It was a good run under a big weight last start behind Entente who is a pretty good horse,” Baker said.

“His run before when he ran sixth at Randwick was also good after he was caught deep and going to 2200 metres will suit him.

“He should be hard to beat.”

Queensland has been a happy hunting ground for Baker, who was a former pharmacist before taking up training.

Baker’s best Queensland wins were with Unencumbered in the Magic Millions Classic in 2014 and the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 with Music Magnate in 2016.

He also won the Magic Millions Cup with Redouble and the Magic Millions Sprint with Egyptian Symbol last year.

Baker also prepared former star sprinter Winning Rupert who claimed the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doomben during the Brisbane winter carnival in 2016.

Winning Rupert later returned in the summer that year taking out the Listed Gold Edition Stakes at Doomben and Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate at Eagle Farm enroute to the Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast.

He was retired after sustaining an injury when fourth the Magic Millions Guineas in 2017 won by Flying Jess.