Lewes-based trainer found guilty of ordering jockey to stop horses

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A Lewes-based racehorse trainer charged with acting in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct or good reputation of horseracing has been found guilty following a lengthy disciplinary hearing.

Jim Best, who trains at Grandstand Stables in Lewes, was accused of instructing jockey Paul John to deliberately stop two horses during races at Plumpton and Towcester last year.

John, a former conditional jockey, told the British Horseracing Authority that the trainer, his former employer, had told him to purposely stop horses on two occasions.

After the five-day hearing, Best was found in breach of rules concerning a trainer’s responsibility to run horses on their merits. His penalty will be announced at a later date but he could face a maximum penalty of a three-year ban from the sport.

Jockey John was found guilty of two charges of intentionally failing to ensure horses ran on their merits.

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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