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No Challenge for Why Kapalua ridden by jockey Joshua Stephen during Race 4 which was contested over a distance of 1,700
metres before winning pole all by himself for 2 YO & Over Horses Rated 40-25 on Day 42 of the ARC programme at Santa Rosa
Park, Arima, on December 10. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Jim Best's wife applies to train
Jim Best's wife Suzie has applied for a trainer's li-
cence in a bid to take over the running of the suspend-
ed trainer's yard, according to her husband's solicitor.
The Lewes-based handler was on Monday given
a six-month suspension, with no financial penalty,
by a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel
following a rehearing into the running and riding of
two horses in December last year.
Following the rehearing, Best was given seven days
to lodge an appeal, but his solicitor, Harry Stew-
art-Moore, confirmed to Press Association Sport:
"Mrs Best made an application for a trainer's licence
earlier this week."
The disciplinary panel ruled Best had instructed
conditional jockey Paul John to ride Echo Brava and
Missile Man other than on their merits and that they
were "stopping rides"
Best was also found to be in breach of the rule gov-
erning conduct prejudicial to horseracing.
The trainer, who denied all charges, was originally
found in breach at a hearing in February, leading to a
But it emerged the chairman of the disciplinary
panel at that hearing, solicitor Matthew Lohn, was
engaged by the BHA on other matters, giving rise
to claims of an appearance of bias in favour of the
At Best's appeal in May, the guilty verdict and pen-
alty were quashed and a rehearing ordered, with the
BHA having conceded that while there was "no sug-
gestion of any actual bias" in the case, the non-dis-
closure of Lohn's other work "created an appearance
. The appeal board also said the disciplinary
panel's reasons for its findings "were clearly insuf-
ficient to support its decision in this case".
John was never disqualified from the sport nor
excluded from racecourses, but he was banned for
150 days---between December 21, 2015 to May 19 this
year---when he was unable to apply for a licence.
The case revolved around the performances of Echo
Brava at Plumpton on December 14 and Missile Man
at Towcester on December 17. Both horses finished
Former jockey Gomez dies at 44
Garrett Gomez, the winner of 13 races at the Breed-
ers' Cup, has died at the age of 44.
Gomez rode in his last race in 2013 but did not offi-
cially retire until two years later. He had been suffering
from substance abuse.
His career began in 1988 but his stellar year was in
2007 when he rode 265 winners.
That year he was honoured with an Eclipse Award
as the outstanding jockey, a feat he repeated in 2008.
The winner of 83 Grade One races, he will perhaps
be best remembered as the jockey of Blame, who beat
Zenyatta in a dramatic conclusion to the 2010 Breed-
ers' Cup Classic. It was Zenyatta's final race of her
career having won the previous 19.
Gomez co-wrote a book about his troubles with
alcohol and drug addiction called: The Garrett Gomez
Story: A Jockey's Journey Through Addiction and
His daughter, Shelby Gomez, confirmed his death
to www.bloodhorse.com, but declined to give details.
Mullins unveils latest star mare
News from Thursday's card at Tramore, where
Camelia De Cotte entered Cheltenham Festival cal-
Camelia De Cotte entered Cheltenham Festival
calculations with a most impressive Irish debut in
the opening race of the afternoon at Tramore.
Third on her only previous start over hurdles in
France, the Willie Mullins-trained mare was a pro-
hibitively-priced 1/5 favourite for the Online Tickets
From www.tramore-racecourse.com Mares Maiden
Hurdle and those who took the cramped odds will have
had few concerns throughout the two-mile contest.
Ruby Walsh positioned the market leader close to
the pace from the off and after giving his mount her
head before the second flight from the finish, Camelia
De Cotte readily pulled clear to score by 15 lengths
with the minimum of fuss.
Luke unlikely to Miss out
Miss Sheridan, withdrawn last week
by Mick Easterby after we had napped
her for a similar engagement, carries
bottom-weight in the eight-runner
nursery handicap over seven furlongs
of Wolverhampton tapeta today, mount
of champion all-weather jockey, Luke
Obviously that is a plus, 3lbs apprentice
Nathan Evans is nigh on the stable jockey,
and he's ridden Miss Sheridan the previous
three times, but he'll be plying his business
on Newcastle tapeta with six rides on a sev-
Nathan is a real talent and, not surpris-
ingly, Easterby has certainly taken advantage
of his claims.
Evans and Miss Sheridan failed to land our
nap last month when she fizzled out rath-
er tamely under a front-running ride. This
Lilbourne Lad filly can do much better and
it's significant Spittin' Mick has spelled her
in an attempt to freshen. Booking of Morris
On the time-handicap Miss Sheridan is
clear best-in and worth chancing again but
it's an intriguing race with two twice-raced
winners, Dr Julius and Red Gunner, course
and distance scorer three weeks ago, sure
Eight have been declared; if all run Miss
Sheridan should prove a gilt-edged each-
Veteran john Egan is enjoying an Indian
Summer and the 48-year-old will be relish-
ing prospects of ex-Hugo Palmer-trained
Bithnyia in the Maiden Stakes over six
furlongs; new trainer, David Evans, has a
habit of making recruits from other yards,
especially when they have undoubted ability.
Bithnyia, second last twice and a progres-
sive sort, should go close according to my
TH computation(s) and is another likely to
make the frame, by default.
At Gosforth Park it looks tricky, Nathan
has several fancied rides but my eye is drawn
to Richard Fahey's runner, Mum's The Word,
one of eight decs for the opening Maiden
Fillies' Stakes over the straight mile.
Mum's The Word has decent form in
France and obviously owners have selected
the Malton winning machine with a view to
enhancing her stud prospects. None better!
Under: (Last Friday)
1 pm .................................10-17
4 pm ............................... 30-10
6.30 pm........................... 22-26
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Friday, December 16, 2016
21 6.30 pm
6 (Belly) 6.30 pm
33 (Spider) 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 4 pm
32 (Shrimp) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
2 (Old Lady)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 8 6 20
15SICKWOMAN6 6 7 7 26
18WATERBOAT 8 11 7 3 29
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 5 4 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 5 9 11 33
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 7 33
31PARSONWIFE7 7 2 5 21
34BLINDMAN 9 8 5 6 28
35 BIG SNAKE
Newcastle 9.25 Mum's The Word
Wolverhampton, 1.15 Miss Sheridan
1.45 Bithnyia (e.w).
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