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3-time champion jockey Terry Biddlecombe dies

LONDON (AP) — The wife of Terry Biddlecombe says on her Facebook page that the three-time English champion jockey has died. He was 72.

Henrietta Knight, a former racehorse trainer who married Biddlecombe in 1995, wrote Sunday that "sadly, Terry died peacefully after breakfast this morning with Henrietta by his side." Britain's Press Association said Biddlecombe had been suffering from a lengthy illness.

Biddlecombe was champion jockey in 1965, '66 and '69, when he shared the title with Bob Davies. He rode Woodland Venture to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1967 and was second in the Grand National on Gay Trip in 1972.

Biddlecombe helped Knight train Best Mate, a triple Gold Cup winner. Tony McCoy, an 18-time champion jockey, said on Twitter that Biddlecombe was a "legend."

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