English champion jockey Terry Biddlecombe dies at 72

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Terry Biddlecombe takes in the scene at Ascot on Jan. 21, 2012.
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Three-time English champion jockey Terry Biddlecombe has died. He was 72.

His death was disclosed by his wife, Henrietta Knight, a former trainer. She wrote on her Facebook page that she was by his side when he died after breakfast Sunday. Britain's Press Association said Biddlecombe had been suffering from a long illness.

Biddlecombe was a 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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