Best runner subject of inquiry at Chelmsford

Jim Best: trainer's representative quizzed by stewards

PICTURE: DAN ABRAHAM Best runner subject of inquiry at Chelmsford
By Jon Lees 8:29PM 15 DEC 2016

JIM BEST'S first runner since he received a six month suspension for non-trier offences was the subject of a stewards inquiry at Chelmsford on Thursday.

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The trainer's 16-1 chance Bobby Benton, ridden by Timmy Murphy, finished last of eight runners, ten lengths adrift of the seventh horse having been off the pace throughout the 5.15 race.

The trainer's representative could offer no explanation for the gelding's performance, which was noted by the stewards. A veterinary examination carried out during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Best was found guilty on Monday by a BHA disciplinary panel of instructing jockey Paul John to stop two horses at Plumpton and Towcester last December.

The Lewes trainer, who denied the charges, has until Monday to decide whether to lodge an appeal. In the meantime his wife Suzie has applied to take over the licence.

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