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Top jumps trainer Milton Harris has licence suspended by BHA and faces disciplinary hearing

Milton Harris, one of the leading jumps trainers in Britain, has had his licence suspended by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). The suspension means he will not be able to run any of his horses until at least January, when a Licensing Committee hearing has been scheduled.

Grade 1 winning trainer Milton Harris has been suspended until at least January

Milton Harris, a Grade 1-winning trainer and currently sitting third in the trainers' standings with 33 victories, has had his licence suspended. The reasons behind the suspension are unclear at this time. The BHA spokesperson stated that the suspension was a result of a breach of the conditions on his licence and related matters.

Two of Harris' runners, Balboa and Giddyupadingdong, were scratched by officials at Ludlow on Thursday, with the BHA stewards report stating that they were "not qualified". As a result of the suspension, Harris had multiple entries across this weekend's big race meetings, but none of them were declared.

Milton Harris, 64, is in his second spell as a trainer, returning in 2018 after seven years without a licence due to bankruptcy in 2011. His background is not typical for a racing trainer, as he worked in a pub for several years before becoming a bartender on a cruise ship. He is also known for his past relationship with singer Belinda Carlisle.

Last year, Harris faced a health scare when he was in intensive care after suffering a blood clot on his lungs while on holiday in Thailand. Despite this, he has had a successful career, with his biggest win coming in 2022 when Knight Salute dead-heated for first in the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree and was awarded the race outright following a stewards' enquiry.

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