Sussex trainer found guilty of Jockey Club charges

SUSSEX racehorse trainer Jim Best has been found guilty of all charges relating to the running and riding of two of his horses following a lengthy jockey club disciplinary hearing.

Best, who trains at Lewes, had been charged with instructing jockey Paul John to stop  two horses with acting in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct or good reputation of horseracing.

Lewes trainer Jim Best Photo: Sussex Newspapers

Lewes trainer Jim Best
Photo: Press Associaton

Former conditional jockey Paul John had told a Jockey Club hearing that the trainer, his former employer, has told him to stop horses on two occasions. John was found guilty of two charges¬†of intentionally failing to ensure horses ran on their merits- but had handed in his jockey’s licence.

Best could receive a lengthy ban from racing but Jockey Club officials will decide penalties to imposed at a later date.

The two horses trained by Best at the time, whose running and riding led to the inquiry, were Missile Man at Towcester and Echo Brava when making his hurdling debut in a Plumpton novice race.





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