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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 November 2005, 16:14 GMT
Best Mate's Gold Cup run

Jim Lewis (left), Best Mate (centre), Henrietta Knight (left)

Owner Jim Lewis, Best Mate and trainer Henrietta Knight had great times before the horse's tragic death in November 2005

Best Mate and Jim Culloty

Best Mate's first Cheltenham Gold Cup win came in 2002, with jockey Jim Culloty on board

Tony McCoy and Best Mate (left) won the King George VI Kempton in December 2002

Tony McCoy and Best Mate (left) won the King George VI Chase at Kempton in December 2002

Best Mate and Jim Culloty win the 2003 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Back at Cheltenham the following year, Culloty and Best Mate beat Truckers Tavern by 10 lengths

It was far closer in 2004 but Best Mate held on to beat Sir Rembrandt by half a length to join the elite band of triple Gold Cup winners

It was far closer in 2004 but Best Mate edged Sir Rembrandt to join the elite band of triple Gold Cup winners

Best Mate and Jim Culloty

The 10-year-old gelding became the first horse since Arkle in the mid-1960s to win three straight Gold Cups

Terry Biddlecombe (left) and Henrietta Knight

Knight and husband Terry Biddlecombe celebrate "Matey's" third success in 2004

Best Mate

Best Mate returned to win at Exeter in November 2004 - but missed Cheltenham with a burst blood vessel

Jockey Paul Carberry and Henrietta Knight

On Best Mate's seasonal reappearance, he collapsed and died at Exeter on 1 November 2005



SEE ALSO
Gold Cup legend Best Mate dies
01 Nov 05 |  Horse Racing
Best Mate's career record
02 Nov 05 |  Horse Racing
Tributes flood in for Best Mate
01 Nov 05 |  Horse Racing
Racing favourite
02 Nov 05 |  Horse Racing
Best Mate: Story of a champion
01 Nov 05 |  Horse Racing


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