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2014 National Hunt Chase to be named after Terry Biddlecombe

Henrietta Knight has described the decision to name this year's National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival after her late husband Terry Biddlecombe as a "great honour" and says the former top jockey "would have been very touched" by the move.

Gloucester-born Biddlecombe passed away in January at the age of 72 but will long be remembered for his exploits in the saddle during the 1960s and 1970s and a cavalier approach to life away from the sport.

He was champion Jump jockey on three occasions and his nine Festival winners included the Fred Rimell-trained 
Woodland Venture in the 1967 Cheltenham Gold Cup, as well as three Supreme Novices' Hurdle successes.

In his later years, Biddlecombe could still be seen full of vim and vigour at Prestbury Park when assisting trainer wife Henrietta, with the pair hitting the headlines thanks to a hat-trick of Gold Cup victories by Best Mate between 2002 and 2004.

Knight commented: “It is a great honour that Cheltenham is naming the National Hunt Chase after Terry this year. He would have been very touched. Cheltenham always was his favourite racecourse. I would just like to thank everyone involved for making this possible.”

Former famous names associated with this four-mile race include Peter O'Sullevan, honoured in 2008 to celebrate the legendary commentator’s 90th birthday, while last year’s race remembered the late Lord John Oaksey.

Ian Renton, Regional Director of the South West region of The Jockey Club, added: “Terry always loved Cheltenham and I’m sure had many happy memories from the course, both during his riding career and the years when he and Henrietta were training. 
 
“We all remember the mighty Best Mate but some of the older racing fraternity will also remember his Gold Cup win on Woodland Venture in the 60s. It is only fitting therefore, that he is remembered at this year’s Festival.” 


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2014 National Hunt Chase to be named after Terry Biddlecombe

Henrietta Knight has described the decision to name this year's National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival after her late husband Terry Biddlecombe as a "great honour" and says the former top jockey "would have been very touched" by the move.

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