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Racing’s ruling body denies leniency in Paul John ‘stopping jockey’ case

• Rider claims trainer Jim Best told him to prevent two horses winning
• BHA states no deal has been done with John in exchange for evidence

Racing’s ruling body has denied there is inappropriate leniency in its treatment of the jockey Paul John, who recovered his licence to ride last week despite, in the regulator’s view, stopping two horses from winning in December. John is the only witness relied on by the British Horseracing Authority in its case against the trainer Jim Best, charged with instructing the jockey to lose on the horses in question.

Related: Jockey claims trainer Jim Best ordered him to stop two horses

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