Jim Culloty leads tributes to retiring Henrietta Knight

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By Lewis Porteous
Racing Post

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Both Best Mate and Edredon Bleu were owned by Jim Lewis and he believes other trainers have adopted the same philosophy that brought Knight success.

He said: “She endured criticism for theway that she treated Best Mate particularly, and her horses, wrapping them in cotton-wool, but it is interesting now that all the leading horses in jump racing follow a similar pattern in the main. That is a great compliment to her from the trainers I think.”

Champion jockey Tony McCoy, who landed the 2000 Champion Chase aboard Edredon Bleu, tweeted his appreciation for the trainer, saying: “Very sad that Henrietta Knight is retiring. I will be forever grateful to her forgiving’me some great days.”

The majority of Knight’s horses are expected to join Mick Channon, better known for association with high-class Flat horses, and he told his website: “As Hen has stated, I’ll be inheriting some horses currently in her care and she’ll now become an integral figure and a part of our team.”

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