Abby Rugg

Name: Abby Rugg
Qualification: Gold Standard NCTJ Multi-Media Journalism Diploma. (Including 100 words-per-minute shorthand)
Employment: Worked at BBC Sport and Deltatre for London 2012.
Future Aim: To work in broadcast/production television.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2012


Henrietta Knight, the trainer who won Cheltenham Gold Cup three-times with wonder horse Best Mate, announced her retirement last week.

Racing has lost a true lady: Knight is a very humble person. I watched her interview with the BBC during a few weeks ago and her modesty shone through.

It therefore comes to no surprise to hear that Knight has been nominated as a pioneer in the world of horse racing training.

The 65-year-old trained Best Mate, an iconic horse that is widely remembered within the sport and will be in generations to come.

Best Mate's biggest achievements, (listed at
  • 2000 Martell Mersey Novice Hurdle (Aintree) Best Mate
  • 2001 Scilly Isles Novice Chase (Sandown) Best Mate
  • 2002 Peterborough Chase (Huntingdon) Best Mate
  • 2002 King George VI Chase (Kempton) Best Mate
  • 2002 Cheltenham Gold Cup Best Mate
  • 2003 Cheltenham Gold Cup Best Mate
  • 2003 Ericsson Chase (Leopardstown) Best Mate
  • 2004 Cheltenham Gold Cup Best Mate
Henrietta and her husband Terry Biddlecombe will be missed on the racing track: their characteristics on the sidelines and in the race-cards will be greatly missed.

Now the trainer's memorable success has been handed over to her neighbour and close friend, Mick Channon.

On her website, Henrietta writes: "[Channon] has agreed to continue to train the majority of the horses which are currently in my care.  He too enjoys the National Hunt scene and is already making his presence felt in that sphere with recent good winners from only a handful of NH runners."

She also said that she felt "incredibly lucky" to have experienced some wonderful moments since she first began training in 1989. 

But for now it's a sad farewell. But like they say, when one door closes, another one will open and I am sure that Channon will do a fantastic job taking hold of the reigns in the saddle seat.

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