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Victoria Pendleton wins first race as a jockey

Victoria Pendleton made every yard of the running to notch her first win as a jockey aboard Pacha Du Polder in the Betfair Switching Saddles Hunters' Chase at Wincanton.

Pnedleton flies over a hurdle during the race. Credit: PA

The dual Olympic cycling champion was unshipped from Paul Nicholls' charge on her first start under National Hunt Rules at Fakenham just under two weeks ago, but the duo made no mistake this time.

Sharply away, Pendleton survived a couple of sticky leaps to triumph aboard the 5-4 favourite, running out a 29-length victor.

Pendleton has her first victory as a jockey. Credit: Reuters

Her task was somewhat eased when Gauvain, who looked a likely rival, crashed out at the sixth, but Pendleton herself had to survive a slightly shaky jump at the eighth as well as a slow leap at the 10th.

However, she managed to get Pacha Du Polder back on an even keel before kicking for home with two to jump.

She negotiated both of those obstacles with the minimum of fuss, cruising home from Big Fella Thanks to a warm reception from the Wincanton crowd.

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Michael Owen's prize horse to miss Royal Ascot

Owen announced Brown Panther had injured his near fore leg. Credit: PA

Former England footballer Michael Owen's prize horse is to miss Royal Ascot's blue-ribbon race after picking up an injury.

Brown Panther was third-favourite for the Gold Cup, but Owen announced on Twitter that he was out of the running.

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Many Clouds wins 2015 Grand National

Many Clouds' jockey Leighton Aspell celebrates his Aintree win. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Many Clouds has won the Grand National at Aintree for trainer Oliver Sherwood and last year's winning jockey Leighton Aspell.

Successful aboard Pineau De Re 12 months ago, Aspell was never too far off the pace and Many Clouds, winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury earlier in the season and sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, jumped with aplomb throughout.

For a long way it appeared Shutthefrontdoor could provide Tony McCoy with a fairytale second National triumph before his retirement, but he eventually weakened into fifth place.

Many Clouds tired from the elbow, but had enough in the tank to hold off Saint Are, with Monbeg Dude third and Alvarado fourth.

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