Culloty hails ‘brilliant’ Henrietta

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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