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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Best gives track the thumbs-up as racing returns to St Moritz

John Best: trainer was out of luck on Sunday
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Nearly a year after jockey George Baker suffered a career-ending injury on the ice at St Moritz in Switzerland, racing returned to the venue on Sunday and received the thumbs-up from trainer John Best.

Best, out of luck with his three runners on the bill, has long been a supporter of the white turf, where Baker – whose biggest win came on Harbour Law in the 2016 St Leger – suffered a serious head injury when the ill-fated Boomerang Bob was brought down last February.

However, Best was satisfied with what he saw when saddling Berrahri to come second in a 1m1f race, which stablemate Eddystone Rock finished ninth in.

Malt Teaser was eighth of ten in another 1m1f race for the Kent-based trainer, who said: "Firstly and most importantly the track rode exceptionally well in all of the races. I didn't see any horse stumble or trip.

"The racing looked competitive with several highly rated horses running, particularly in the Grand Prix trial race, which was won by Nimrod, with our horse [Berrahri] finishing a close second, beaten less than half a length.

"Those two were clear of the rest of the field and Berrahri may run next week but his main target will be the Grand Prix on the last weekend [February 18].

"Our other two runners ended up too far back and were not able to get close enough to challenge, consequently they received the worst of the kickback. Hopefully they will be able to race more prominently next week and give themselves a chance."

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Firstly and most importantly the track rode exceptionally well in all of the races. I didn't see any horse stumble or trip
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