Jim Best rehearing verdict due on Monday

Jim Best (right): had original four-year ban quashed earlier this year

PICTURE: Dan Abraham Jim Best rehearing
verdict due on Monday By David Baxter 6:10PM 6 DEC 2016

A VERDICT on whether trainer Jim Best ordered two horses to be stopped will be announced on Monday, December 12, it was confirmed by the BHA on Tuesday.

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The rehearing of Best's case concluded last month after the original guilty verdict and four-year disqualification imposed on the Lewes trainer after a hearing in April had to be quashed when it emerged the BHA was a client of Matthew Lohn, who chaired the first panel.

Because of a perception of bias over Lohn's involvement and the insufficiency of the reasons given to support his panel's findings, an appeal board ordered a rehearing, which took place over five days.

A new panel, comprised of Court of Appeal judge Sir William Gage, former amateur jump jockey William Norris QC and Nicholas Wachman, a former senior steward of the Turf Club in Ireland, heard evidence at the hearing.

Best's former conditional jockey Paul John alleged he had been instructed to stop two horses trained by Best, Echo Brava at Plumpton and Missile Man at Towcester last December. Best denies the charges.

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