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'A legend' - jump jockey Derby joy for Best thanks to old favourite Berrahri

John Best: trainer had endured a brief lean spell
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Berrahri, winner of the 2019 jump jockeys' Derby under Joey Haynes, was denied the chance to defend his crown due to the pandemic-related cancellation of last year’s race, but was not to be denied this time, surging down the centre of the course to win by a length under Tom Cannon.

An emotional winning trainer John Best was delighted after witnessing the ten-year-old win for the fourth time at the course and, following his first winner for more than a month, said: "He’s an absolute legend of a horse. He just continues to amaze me. I didn’t think he was capable to keep doing it all this time, I really didn’t.

"To still be winning at his age and the number of runs he’s had, the owners [White Turf Racing UK] are very lucky to have a horse like him. There can’t be many in the country who are his age and still winning races like that." 

Regarding Cannon, who was winning the race for a second time, Best added: "Tom gave him a great ride, he did exactly what I asked him to do.

"He comes from Kent originally and he used to ride out for me a little bit when he was about 15 or 16. Dave Roberts [agent] was on the phone to me saying, ‘Use Tom, he’s the one', so credit to him as well."

Double for Marquand

Tom Marquand rode a quickfire double, first guiding the James Fanshawe-trained Knowing to a narrow success in the 1m2f handicap before partnering Hughie Morrison’s inmate Curtiz in the 1m½f handicap.

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