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Racing mourns Biddlecombe

National Hunt racing is mourning after three-time champion jockey Terry Biddlecombe died at the age of 72 after a lengthy illness.

Biddlecombe, who won the title in 1965, 1966 and shared the honours with Bob Davies in 1969, married former trainer Henrietta Knight in 1995.

Biddlecombe also won the Gold Cup in the saddle when he rode Woodland Venture to victory in 1967 and went close to winning the Grand National when Gay Trip was second in 1972.

Knight and Biddlecombe were to enjoy fantastic success with the likes of Edredon Bleu, Lord Noelie and Impek but will forever be remembered for their association with Best Mate, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times.

Best Mate's exploits brought Knight and Biddlecombe very much into the public eye and they were seen as racing's odd couple.

Former school teacher Knight and the ex-alcoholic Biddlecombe may not have appeared a match made in heaven but their enduring partnership was an unqualified success both on and off the track.

Knight quit the training ranks in May, 2012 to help look after her husband and the horses in her care moved on to Mick Channon, where she still plays an active part in the training of the jumpers.

The news was confirmed on Knight's Facebook page with a notification reading: "Sadly, Terry died peacefully after breakfast this morning with Henrietta by his side."