(From The Northern Echo)
Byline: SCOTT WILSON
Best Mate will make Cheltenham history if he becomes the first horse since the legendary Arkle to win three successive Gold Cups this afternoon. Chief Sports Writer SCOTT WILSON spoke to former Grand National winning trainer Denys Smith to see if he deserves to be ranked alongside the greatest steeplechaser of them all.
IT might have been 40 years ago but, for those racing fans who witnessed it, the 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup remains one of the sport's defining moments.
It had everything. The English champion against the Irish pretender. The unbackable favourite against the unbeatable challenger.
Mill House against Arkle.
Mill House was being talked of as potentially the best horse ever seen …