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Best's wife to have licence application considered on Monday

Jim Best: wife has been granted licence to train
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Jim Best's wife Suzie, who submitted an application for a trainer's licence in December in a bid to take over her husband's Lewes yard, will have her case considered next week.

It is understood the hearing will take place on Monday, which is also the date Jim Best's six-month suspension for ordering jockey Paul John to stop two horses comes to an end.

Following her husband's ban, Mrs Best, who the Racing Post reported attended a trainers' course at the Northern Racing College last summer along with Best's brother Tom, had been eager to obtain a licence, claiming any delay would result in the yard having to be shut down.

When pressed on the reasons for the length of time between the submission of the application and the arrangement of a hearing, a BHA spokesman said: "The BHA is unable to comment on individual licence applications, which must remain confidential.

"Every application is treated on its individual merits and will have specific circumstances involved which may affect the timelines. For example, applicants are often requested to provide additional information and this may extend the timescales involved, especially if that information is not provided in a timely manner."

Best, who would need to reapply for a licence if he were to seek a return to training once his suspension ends, was found guilty of non-trier charges at a rehearing in December following the running of Echo Brava and Missile Man 12 months earlier.

At the first inquiry in April of last year, at which he faced the same charges, he received a four-year disqualification, which was subsequently rescinded owing to the BHA's botched handling of the case.

Every application is treated on its individual merits and will have specific circumstances involved which may affect the timelines

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