Jockey Jim Culloty’s career ran parallel with the best days of Henrietta Knight’s as he rode for the yard as a professional for 10 years.
He was also aboard Best Mate for all three of his Gold Cup victories.
“I had a big link with her and we had some great days together,” said Culloty, now a trainer in Churchtown, Mallow, Co Cork.
“She was a brilliant trainer but all good things come to an end.
“Terry has been very sick so she’s had plenty on her plate.
“She was a good trainer of some very good horses but the attention to detail that she showed brings with it a lot of stress.
“Training a horse like Best Mate brought with it a lot of pressure, and if it wasn’t for foot and mouth (2001) he would have ben odds-on for an Arkle which would have meant he’d been at Cheltenham five years in a row – that takes some doing.
“I picked up a lot of things from her, obviously.
“Not one particular things stand out, but from riding for her for 10 years as a pro and a conditional before that I picked up a lot.
“Her training of Edredon Bleu towards the end of his career was amazing.”
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