First win as a jockey for cycling champion Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton on her way to her first race win as a jockey this afternoon Credit: Press Association

Double Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has won for the first time as a jockey on board Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton today.

Pendleton from Stotfold in Bedfordshire and who started cycling at Mildenhall was unshipped from the Paul Nicholls' trained horse on her first start under National Hunt Rules at Fakenham just under two weeks ago.

This time there was no mistake as the the duo were quickly away and after surviving a couple of scares they triumphed by 29 lengths.

After the race she gave her reaction to the win

"It was fantastic. I really just wanted a good round. I wanted to get round on the horse and give him a ride he deserved because he's Pacha Du Polder and he is a lovely horse.

Victoria Pendleton

The racing and cycling world were quick to offer their congratulations

Pendleton now faces a crucial few days with her support team, which to discuss her ultimate aim of riding at the Cheltenham Festival.

The long-term ambition for Pendleton is for her to ride in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase at the main meeting later this month and her team will now assess the viability of her once again partnering Pacha Du Polder in the amateur equivalent of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

An announcement on her participation is expected on Monday.