Best’s wife applies for licence to take over running of stable
Jim Best: was given six-month ban on Monday
PICTURE: Dan Abraham Best's wife applies for licence to take over yard By Jon Lees 7:15PM 14 DEC 2016
JIM BEST'S wife Suzie has submitted an application for a trainer's licence in a bid to take over the running of her husband's Lewes yard.
Best was suspended for six months on Monday for ordering conditional rider Paul John to stop two horses. He has yet to confirm whether he will appeal.
However on Wednesday it emerged that Mrs Best, who the Racing Post reported attended a trainer's course at the Northern Racing College during the summer along with Jim Best's brother, Tom, applied for a licence on Tuesday, the day after her husband's rehearing.
Mrs Best is seeking to obtain a licence before Monday's appeal deadline expires after which Jim Best's suspension will come into force, claiming any delay would result in the yard having to be shut down.
In a letter written on Mrs Best's behalf, seen by the Racing Post, the BHA is warned that any failure to grant a licence, even for an interim period, will result in "a wrongful increase in the penalty handed down by the Disciplinary Panel and an abuse of the BHA's powers of licensing".
'Clients will take necessary steps'
The correspondence states that an extension of the stay period or High Court injunction would be sought if the BHA does not allow the licence to transfer to Mrs Best.
"We are confident that it will not come to that but for the sake of absolute clarity we put the BHA on notice that our clients will take the necessary steps including (i) applying to the Disciplinary Panel to extend the period of the stay that is currently in force and/or (ii) seeking injunctive relief through the High Court if there is any sign that the BHA does not intend on allowing a smooth transition of Mr Best's yard into Mrs Best's hands."
A BHA spokesman said the regulator would "neither confirm nor deny speculation around licensing applications as they are private matters".
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