Lewis Upset as Burial Is Prevented by DEFRA Rules

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Lewis Upset as Burial Is Prevented by DEFRA Rules


Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE

THE grief of Jim Lewis was heightened last night when he learnt that laws on animal burial will prevent Best Mate being laid to rest at his preferred site of Exeter racecourse.

Lewis had hoped that the body of his beloved chaser could remain intact and be buried where he suffered a fatal heart attack on Tuesday. He even refused the customary post-mortem.

Now the three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner will have to be cremated.

Local Trading Standards officers ruled that burial was against the regulations of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which have been changed following concern over water levels and pollution.

The ashes of Best Mate now will be scattered at Exeter, where, before Tuesday, he had won three races.

Lewis said: 'I was shocked to get a call from Exeter telling me that Trading Standards officers had raised objections. It is awful. I left the racecourse happy that he would be buried there.

'I am a burial man and don't much

care for cremations.

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