At 65 years of age, Henrietta Knight has announced her retirement from the training ranks. The three-times Gold Cup-winning trainer will give up her National Hunt licence to spend more time with her husband, Terry Biddlecombe, who suffered a stroke last October.
An epic trainer, one of Knight's greatest achievements was her expert handling of Best Mate, who won three consecutive Gold Cups at the Cheltenham Festival between 2002-04.
On her website, Henrietta Knight wrote “After much deliberation, and largely due to my husband Terry Biddlecombe’s continued ill health, I have decided to hand in my trainer’s licence.
“I have been incredibly lucky to have experienced some wonderful moments since I first began training in 1989.”
Based in Wantage, Oxfordshire, Knight saddled over 700 winners, beginning training in July 1989 and securing her first winner, The Grey Gunner, at Bangor a month later.