Best Loses ‘Best’ Horse

Kent-based trainer John Best has been tremendously successful at the highest level in recent years, but even he has proven unable to get the best out of the much hyped Inler, the horse who some believed might have been capable of springing a surprise in the Stan James.com 2000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this month, writes Elliot Slater.

The three-year-old colt, owned by Harry Findlay and the Sangster family, has been transferred from Best's care to that of Brian Meehan. He trains at Manton, the estate owned by the Sangsters, and the move is a bid to improve the fortunes of a horse who finished a bitterly disappointing 16th at Newmarket, and also failed to perform as anticipated when a poor fifth of six runners in a Newbury listed contest a fortnight ago.

Much had been expected from the son of Red Ransom after his highly impressive racecourse bow at Newmarket last year where he destroyed a field of maidens in the manner of a potentially smart performer and he shot up lists of UK horse racing tips. After apparently working in sparkling fashion prior to the 2000 Guineas, hopes were very high that Inler might shake-up some of the big guns, but in the end he never fired and it has been a downward spiral ever since.

Best is understandably disappointed to have lost Inler, a horse he compared favourably to his Group 1 winning sprinter Kingsgate Native, but it is clear the owners believe a change of scene might spark a revival and Manton was the obvious choice. However, it will take a lot of work before punters start to consider him among their top racing tips again.

Meehan will be hoping the colt can return to his best in his new surroundings and the first indications are that his new handler will try Inler over a longer trip when he returns to action later on this season.