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Pendleton given the go ahead to ride at Cheltenham

Victoria Pendleton celebrates her win at Wincanton. Credit: PA

Double Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton will ride at next week's Cheltenham Festival, it's been announced.

The Bedfordshire jockey will take part in the Foxhunters Chase on Pacha Du Polder next Friday (March 18).

Pendleton has made no secret of her desire to line up in the amateurs’ Gold Cup, despite only taking up the sport a year ago.

The 35-year-old guided her horse to victory at Wincanton last week - her first success as an amateur jockey.

It is not a decision I have taken lightly - I feel capable of being part of that race.

The whole journey has been a remarkable experience and I have a lot of lasting memories from the last 12 months.

I would also like to add that I'm delighted that the Stewart family has kindly made Pacha Du Polder available for Cheltenham.

It's great that an owner of Andy's stature is putting his faith in me to ride one of his horses in such a significant race.

– Victoria Pendleton

Pendleton swaps saddles for point-to-point season

Great Britain's most successful female Olympian, Victoria Pendleton, is now preparing for the next challenge in her new career as an amateur jockey.

The retired track cyclist from Bedfordshire announced she was swapping her cycling shorts for racing silks earlier this year.

Victoria will start her first point-to-point season at the end of November. It is referred to as the Sunday League of horse racing - all amateur riders, competing for the love of the sport.

Click below to watch a report on Victoria Pendleton. Here's ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper.


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