BEST MATE HONOURED! It will be announced shortly that Best Mate will be one of four names to be added to Cheltenham's Hall of Fame. He will join the original twelve members which include: The Queen Mother, Vincent O'Brien, Arkle, Dick Francis and Fulke Walwyn. In addition to Best Mate, the other three to be added are: Martin Pipe, David Nicholson and Desert Orchid.


A ceremony funded by donations is planned for 12:30 pm on the opening day of The Festival at the Presentation Podium in the Winning Enclosure. We are all very proud and thrilled that Matey takes his place with the very best in our sport..

Best Mate, through his charity work continues to raise money for St. Richard's Hospice and The Gentlemens' Night Out Charity for children with short life expectancy. We have more than 40 licences raising money for our charities.



Additions to the merchandise now include:-

A new print from a painting of Best Mate by Lisa Lygo. Called Best Mate, Final Triumph Exeter 2004. A really nice print of this wonderful event showing Best Mate off beautifully. Please visit the Merchandise section to find out more.

BEST MATE THE ICON – DVD (2 discs) £22 Inc post and packing. This is a real success story. The programme tracks his career from a foal to a superstar! A very moving story told by the people involved in his life on a daily basis. Henrietta Knight, Terry Biddlecombe, Jackie Jenner, Jim Culloty and Jim Lewis give their own personal story about the great horse. The presentation is superbly narrated by Alistair Down, the Channel 4 presenter, who was also intimately involved in his story. The second disc in this package records all of his races from start to finish, a permanent full record of his exploits. This is a DVD you will want to watch over and over again – a bargain at £22, place your order now via the merchandise pages.

© Philippa Porley

I have long been a huge Best Mate fan, and when I knew that Mr Lewis was creating a charity, I decided at once that I would like to donate a painting. I have been an artist since graduating from University in 1995, and although I paint all animals, my first love is for†National Hunt Racing, and I have painted a number of famous names in the past (Red Marauder, Cool Dawn, French Holly etc..)†It was a difficult choice how to portray Best Mate - there have been many action paintings of him during the last few years. I decided to create an oil painting that was both simple but detailed - he is such a wonderful example of a thoroughbred athlete that I wanted to show his beauty and conformation in all its glory. The original oil measures 20 x 24 inches, and we hope to auction it later in the year. The prints measure 16x19 inches, and are printed on top quality giclee paper, and have been signed by myself and all the connections. It will be a 750 Limited Edition.†

Price: £150 framed or £65.00 unframed + £4 postage.

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