Biddlecombe honoured by Cheltenham race

Cheltenham will commemorate one of its favourite sons at next month’s festival when the opening day’s National Hunt Chase will be run in honour of Terry Biddlecombe.

The three-time champion jumps jockey, who won nine races at the festival including the 1967 Gold Cup on Woodland Venture, died last month aged 72.

Winner of over 900 races during a glittering career in the saddle, Gloucester-born Biddlecombe married former trainer Henrietta Knight in 1995, and the pair enjoyed many memorable achievements in racing, including three victories in the Gold Cup with Best Mate.

Knight said: “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.”

Ian Renton, regional director of the south west region at 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.”

Source: Racing Post, 17 February 2014


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