Clifford Baker holds hands with his daughter Charlotte at DitcheatPICTURE: Getty Images
Son of Clifford Baker is killed in road accident
THE Somerset stable of champion trainer Paul Nicholls is in mourning after the 21-year-old son of head groom Clifford Baker was killed in a road accident on Thursday night.
Dominic Baker was returning from work to his family's home in Ditcheat when the Renault Clio he was driving came off the A371 at Bratton Seymour and struck a tree.
Avon and Somerset Police have launched an appeal for witnesses to the crash that occurred at around 10.35pm. Baker, who died at the scene, was alone in the car and no other vehicle was involved.
Clifford Baker is one of the sport's most popular characters having been regular work-rider of dual Cheltenham Gold Cup and five-time King George VI Chase winner Kauto Star. Last February he was crowned Employee of the Year at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, where he also won the high achiever category.
Baker said: "Along with my wife Sarah, my daughter Danielle, and our daughter Charlotte, we are absolutely devastated by what has happened. Dominic was the most genuine lad that you could possibly wish to meet. He'll live on in all our thoughts, and never a day will go by when we don't think of him."
Following Friday's novice chase success of Empire Levant at Doncaster, Nicholls tweeted that the victory was for Dominic Baker, and the trainer later said: "Clifford's family and everybody here is just devastated. We all knew Dominic, he grew up with my kids, and it is just impossible to find words to explain how we feel. It is so sad."
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the collision investigation unit of Avon and Somerset Police on 101.