I think he's a bit special. Terry and I adored him when we saw him win a point-to-point in Ireland and we were determined to have him (Henrietta Knight B.Ed, November 1999)

Best Mate’s not just one in a million. He’s one in a several million. He’s a horse in a lifetime. Such an athlete with such a wonderful, effortless action. He’s good for racing too. (Henrietta Knight B.Ed, March 2003).

We may not have found Arkle's better but yesterday, we found his equal. This may just have been racing's answer to the Second Coming; (Marcus Armytage, Telegraph, March 2003)

Anyone not satisfied with this will have to wait a long, long time for it to get any better – unless, of course, you count Best Mate’s third Gold Cup win in 12 month’s time. (Peter Thomas, Racing Post, March 2003)

Best Mate is now king of steeplechasing's castle (Cornelius Lysaght, BBC, March 2003)

He's getting thicker, harder and stronger. Three Gold Cups won, two more to go. (Terry Biddlecombe)

Best Mate is a wonderful ambassador for racing. He has an owner totally devoid of arrogance who clearly enjoys sharing his enormous good fortune with the public and a charming, modest trainer who adores the champion.. (Jonathan Hoar, Letter to The Post, 21 March 2003)

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