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Just can't get enough snow - unless it's yellow; Inside the mind of Group 1-winning trainer John Best.

When a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An adult. What's the best piece of advice you've been given? Never eat yellow snow.

Who would play you in a film of your life? Brad Pitt.

What is your favourite journey? Lingfield and back - well that's the one I seem to do most.

Do you think there is too much racing in Britain? No.

If there is one thing you could change about your life, what would it be? To be better looking. What is your favourite/least favourite racecourse? Ascot and Lingfield would be my favourites, and least would be Southwell. What is your favourite sport outside racing? Skiing.

Sum yourself up in five words Generous, ambitious, motivated, loud, excitable.

What was the last film you saw? Saw VI.

What was the last book you read? The Very Hungry Caterpillar - my daughter Olivia makes me read it most days.

What's your idea of a perfect Sunday? Racing in St Moritz at the end of February.

Is racing cleaner than is was 20 years ago? I don't really know but I would have thought so.

Give us a horse to keep an eye on You can have two. Inler was impressive on his debut and is entered in the Guineas, as is Elspeths Boy, who had never had a racecourse gallop before he won well first time up at Wolverhampton and should have a lot of improvement in him. What was the best day of your racing life? Rising Cross's second in the Oaks was special, but the two big days at Royal Ascot - our first winner there with Flashmans Papers in the Windsor Castle Stakes and then Kingsgate Native's Golden Jubilee - were the best.

Who is your favourite horse? Kingsgate Native. He was a Group 1 winner as a two-year-old against older horses and then showed it wasn't down to favourable weight-for-age terms by winning the Golden Jubilee.

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? Top Gear. I'm mad about cars and I love the programme. I don't think I've missed many.

Dogs or cats? Dogs. We have a Doberman and a Manchester Terrier, which is like a miniature Doberman.

What are your favourite holiday destinations - in Britain and abroad? The Cotswolds, and Schladming in Austria. Best/worst subject at school? Best - sport/Worst - everything else.

You are invited to go to a fancy-dress party. What will you go as? No idea. I'd probably make an excuse and not go.

What team do you support? I don't. What superstitions do you have? None really, but I tend to watch the same television at Lingfield. What would you choose as your last meal? Paella.

What is the first big decision you would make if you took over racing? Let all mine win. What is the strangest/funniest thing you've seen on a racetrack? Regular racegoer Dave Standbridge, who provides amusement for all wherever he goes, habitually resplendent in tracksuit and trainers, clutching a list of all the day's good things. If you go to Lingfield you will know who he is.

Tell us something about yourself that only you know I'm a nice guy. Who would be your four ideal dinner party guests? Simon Cowell, Sir Mark Prescott, Jeremy Clarkson and my partner Sara.

What is the worst thing anyone has said to you? That I have a big nose.

What keeps you awake at night? Everything. What ringtone do you have on your mobile? A duck quack.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar (left) is a book John Best regularly gets his teeth into, while (right) racing at St Moritz makes for a perfect Sunday
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2010
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