Ambitious Best brothers are hoping for some gee force

Gee Den Nen will carry more than just the significant weight of punters' ante-post money when he lines up in Saturday's Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket.

The gelding, who has been backed from 16-1 down to 8s this week for the Flat race marathon, could help fuel the ambition of his training brothers, Jim and Tom Best.

Their Sussex stable, based at the defunct Lewes racecourse, has caught the eye transforming modest performers in their first three years. But, having restocked with better quality horses, they are hoping that the five-year-old, who works on the same gallop as 1966 Derby winner Charlottown, will be the first of many to perform for them on the big stage.

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Jim Best: Ambitious

'We made our name with horses others had lost faith in or those who had lost form,' said eldest brother, Jim. 'Now we want to upgrade. Tom and I have the same ambitions. We want 100-plus horses one day and we will not give up until we get it.'

The brothers, born and brought up in London suburb Sutton, caught the racing bug early. They worked or visited 60 different stables to gain their racing education.

'From the age of eight, we were obsessed with racing while other kids were obsessed with football, and we've always had it in our minds that we wanted to train,' Jim said. A year for Tom working with champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls left its mark.

'We've seen what it is like at Paul Nicholls' yard and that is where we want to go.' The Bests bought Gee Dee Nen from Mark Tompkins after he had won at the Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot in August.

Jim picked out another ex- Tompkins recruit, Yossi, and former Irish pointer Hello Moscow as ones to follow over jumps.

Recent history should give the Bests plenty of cause for optimism. Jump trainers have a great record in the Cesarewitch, winning six of the last eight runnings.


Firth of Fifth and Classic Blade, respective winners of the Superlative and July Stakes at Newmarket's July Meeting for trainer Tom Dascombe, will both go under the hammer at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sales later this month.

Track talk

- Nicky Henderson landed a double at Huntingdon on Tuesday with Terramarique and Scots Dragoon on the 30th anniversary of his first winner as a trainer, the Bob Davies-ridden Dukery at Uttoxeter.

- Kirsty Milczarek has been stood down for six days after failing a concussion test following a fall from Silk Hall, who unshipped her after winning at Wolverhampton on Monday.

- Yorkshire-based handler Richard Fahey reached a first-time century of Flat winners in a season when Trumpstoo broke through at Newcastle on Tuesday. Ridden by his stable jockey Paul Hanagan, the 9-2 shot made all the running to hold off the sustained challenge of 2-1 favourite Custody by a head.

- NORTHERNER (John McKeown) was on the mark with his nap on Tuesday, Box Office (7-1), while GIMCRACK (Brian Giles) starred Scots Dragoon (9-4) at Huntingdon.