John credibility ‘shot and flawed’, says Best’s QC

Paul Cooley

Paul Cooley, previous head lad to Jim Best, gets to the hearing

  PICTURE: Dan Abraham  

 By bruce jackson  8:00PM 25 NOV 2016 

THE BHA panel rehearing the truth into whether Jim Best bought their then-conditional jockey Paul John to quit two horses last December had been yesterday expected to ignore the video proof and “lies” associated with the rider.

That has been the demand from Jonathan Laidlaw QC, representing Best, in summing up on the fifth day’s the hearing as he cited why John had lied and in addition struck an alleged handle the BHA to appear due to the fact only witness against his previous employer.

John has since been issued an amateur rider’s licence to partner the point-to-point horses he has on his Devon farm.

He’d told the hearing earlier in the day within the week he previously been instructed by far better stop Echo Brava at Plumpton and Missile Man at Towcester three days aside last December.

John left Best the next week, never to return, to invest Christmas time in the home either together with ailing mom or even to celebration away with friends, according to which part’s argument will be believed.

Laidlaw stated this in place ended their riding career making their situation “hopeless” because the BHA had warned him he was anticipated to stay with Best for year after moving from three other trainers in the previous eighteen months.

Laidlaw stated: “In the event that panel were being expected in order to make an evaluation regarding how the jockey went a race, then of course the videos is the primary way to obtain evidence, but this isn’t just what this is certainly focused on.

“it’s focused on whether John received stopping instructions from Jim Best which is dependent on the credibility of Paul John. That credibility is indeed shot and flawed this is the end associated with instance.”

Louis Weston, the BHA and arguing against this kind of view, stated: “We place focus on the videos over everything else since they are objective and contemporaneous.”    

Laidlaw repeated his issues within the “unhappy history” of attempting to unearth a deal he stated was produced by the BHA with John and their solicitor Rory Mac Neice following the jockey received notice for the severe costs he encountered with regards to both rides.

Best’s counsel pointed to an internal e-mail from Paul Beeby, which read: “Mr John is showing more challenging to keep onside.”

Weston stated this related to John increasing concerns towards “repercussions about giving proof against Best and his eagerness to obtain his licence back”.

Paul Cooley, former mind lad to Jim Best, had earlier in the day accused the BHA of ruining his riding job by maybe not renewing their licence in 2010, aided by the authority citing his involvement in the case.

Cooley, 22 and about to turn into a father, stated: “I’d to leave racing once the BHA didn’t decide about my apprentice licence. We nevertheless think there was clearly the possibility i possibly could ensure it is as a driver.”

After a hiatus while wanting to contact Jamie Moore for their evidence, using the jockey’s automobile phone cutting out twice on his way to drive at Doncaster, the panel accepted the driver’s initial evidence, fond of the earlier inquiry.

After recessing to learn each side’s closing argument, the disciplinary panel concluded with questions of clarification, before panel chairman Sir William Gage confirmed their choice would not be reached until into next week.