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Baker delivers fab four

Jockey George Baker enjoyed another excellent afternoon on the all-weather at Kempton with a near 85/1 four-timer.

Baker is widely regarded as one of the most talented riders on the artificial surfaces during the winter months and headed to the Sunbury-on-Thames circuit with a strong book of six rides.

The afternoon got off to an excellent start as the jockey guided Gary Moore-trained 1/2 favourite Jubilee Brig to a clear-cut victory in the Download The BetVictor App Now Claiming Stakes.

Baker swiftly doubled up aboard Stuart Williams' 11/10 favourite Welsh Sunrise in the Back Of The Net At BetVictor.com Fillies' Handicap, before completing his hat-trick on Galiotto (7/2) for Moore in the first division of the Book Hospitality At Kempton Park Handicap.

The rider suffered his first defeat of the day when only fourth aboard Joyful Risk in the BetVictor NonRunner No Bet Cheltenham 2014 Maiden Fillies' Stakes, but was back in the winner's enclosure after striking with the William Jarvis-trained Dixie's Dream (5/1) in the Cheltenham 2014 NRNB At BetVictor.com Handicap.

Baker had genuine hopes of riding his first ever five-timer in the concluding TurfTV Handicap, but Moore's 7/2 favourite Sudden Wish got going all too late and finished a never-nearer sixth.

Baker told Racing UK: "On paper he (Jubilee Brig) probably didn't look the best in at the weights, but the two horses that were higher rated than him have been well out of form, so we were pretty confident he'd be able to win.

"She (Welsh Sunrise) had a good run round, albeit in a weak race. She was well placed again.

"It will be interesting to see how she gets on when she steps up in grade. She's a strong-travelling filly and doesn't do much when she hits the front.

"Galiotto is a horse that probably has a bit more ability than he shows. He's probably the lowest rated (son of) Galileo in training!

"He's one of those horses that, when they go quick and it falls into his lap, he can pass horses comfortably and he will help you out a bit.

"At Lingfield on Saturday he got into a battle and jacked it in. It worked out in his favour today, which it doesn't always.

"I just let Dixie's Dream roll along in front and luckily it worked out, otherwise it would have been my head on the block!"