Terry Biddlecombe, the former champion jockey, is to be honoured at next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

The National Hunt Chase on Tuesday 11 March will be run in memory of Terry, who died in January aged 72.

Terry won 9 races at the Festival in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Gold Cup on Woodland Venture in 1967.

More recently, he assisted his wife, the former trainer Henrietta Knight, to produce treble Gold Cup champion Best Mate, besides 4 other Festival successes, which included dual winner Edredon Bleu.

Ms Knight said it was a “great honour” to have the 4-mile chase named after her husband.

Terry would have been very touched,” she said. “Cheltenham always was his favourite racecourse. I would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible.”

Ian Renton, The Jockey Club’s regional director for the south-west, said: “Terry always loved Cheltenham and I’m sure had many happy memories from the course, both during his riding career and the years when he and Henrietta were training.

“It is only fitting that he is remembered at this year’s Festival.”

The National Hunt Chase is frequently run in tribute to a famous racing figure, such as Peter O’Sullevan and the late Lord John Oaksey. Terry Biddlecombe’s name will be carried for 1 year.

Terry’s memorial service took place at the racecourse on Monday (17 February).