Jim Best, So What If He Did….Racing Post Got It Wrong

Carl_Harris (CAPS and BORDER) There is an article on the Racing Post Website about Jim Best who landed a gamble and for me the Racing Post have got this completely wrong. The article reads…

TRAINER Jim Best on Thursday insisted he had not engineered a betting coup and had a clear conscience in relation to Saint Helena’s victory at Southwell 24 hours earlier under champion jockey Tony McCoy.

Saint Helena, making her handicap debut over hurdles having failed to make the frame in seven previous starts since joining East Sussex-based Best, had been due to be partnered by Rhys Flint, who has not had a ride this season.

Into The Wind, McCoy’s intended mount, was vying for favouritism for the 2m handicap hurdle, with Saint Helena available at 6-1, before strong support during the morning resulted in Saint Helena being promoted to market leader. Into The Wind was withdrawn due to fast ground at 11.34am and McCoy switched to Saint Helena, who was sent off 11-10 favourite.

Saint Helena landed the gamble by a length under a typically robust McCoy drive, after which the improved performance of the winner was subject to an inquiry, with stewards forwarding Best’s explanation to the BHA, and stewards also asked about the circumstances surrounding Into The Wind’s withdrawal and the subsequent jockey change. Best’s responses were noted and the whole affair will be subject to a BHA investigation.

But Best told the Racing Post: “I have got a clear conscience. I never feel bad for going out and doing well with a horse and getting a winner, and I was over the moon to be honest.

“It was a bad race and on her best form Saint Helena was there with a chance and it was nice to win with her.”

Let’s not beat about the bush, it was clearly a set up job, to ensure McCoy was available to ride and having booked a jockey who has not had a a ride this season, there is no question it was planned. But SO WHAT?

What is wrong with what he did, there are no rules being broken and the only people moaning are the bookies. I have no issue whatsoever with what went on, in fact I say good on them. The bookies want everything their own way, and it was a job well done.

The quote attributed to Jim Best is hardly a strenuous denial, which if he had flatly denied it would have been a bit of an insult to the intelligence! The Post are trying to make an issue out of this, why, its great for the sport, they are going at it the wrong way. Then again they make fortunes in advertising revenue and selling the papers to the betting shops so they are hardly an independent racing press.

Good on Jim Best and connections, well done, it was a gamble landed at a great price! I had no interest in the race and I speak as I see it without being part of it one way or the other.


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