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Rocky Baker night

Friday, 13th March, 2020

(From left) Martine Fenollar, Kaylee Stephenson, Jo Cossai, Maddison Rayner, Rick Keath, Kobi Dynon, Jensen Baker, Dale McLeod and Simon Godsmark. PICTURE: Callum Marshall (From left) Martine Fenollar, Kaylee Stephenson, Jo Cossai, Maddison Rayner, Rick Keath, Kobi Dynon, Jensen Baker, Dale McLeod and Simon Godsmark. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

The Carbine Chemicals Carnival of Cups is set to take place tonight at Memorial Oval, with the son of the late-Hillite Rocky Baker highlighting what’s set to be a great family-friendly night.

Jensen Baker, who’s living in Melbourne, said it was great to be back in the Hill for the event, one which has a significant personal impact for him with the main race being the Rocky Baker Memorial Pacing Cup.

Jensen said every time he and his dad would come back to the city for a race event, he could see how much it meant to him.

“Every year, about this time, I’d help him pack up the car and he’d always have that little smile on his face that he’s coming home,” he said.

“For me, the fact that we got to bury him here in the town meant so much.

“It’s part of my upbringing. I spent probably every Christmas holidays here.

“So coming back to Broken Hill to see my dad, getting to bring along my friends this time - it’s a mixture of things.

“To me, it’s about heritage. Carrying on the legacy that my dad handed down.

“The Memorial Race is probably the most important race we sponsor throughout Australia, regardless of prize money or how many horses in the event.

“This is number one for us.”

He said there were a lot of aspects to the event which resonated with him such as the bike giveaways for kids and support for the racing club.

“But especially the fact that it’s dad’s memorial race - he had his funeral here,” said Jensen.

“So many different dimensions of this and it’s really appreciated by the family.”

Alongside the 24 bikes being given away to kids on the night, Jensen said there was about $3,000 worth of voucher giveaways for adults as well, alongside a car.

He said it was great to see the community support for the event and the giveaways.

“It’s really great to see so many vouchers being put in, so many people getting in behind it,” said Jensen.

“I know at the moment things aren’t exactly easy for a lot of people.

“So for someone else to win something or someone else be able to give something - that town spirit to get behind the trots - that, to me, coming all the way from Melbourne, is something I really love seeing.”

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