Victoria Pendleton, the UK’s cycling legend will be at the Cheltenham Festival next week. She will ride a horse trained by Olveston’s Paul Nicholls.
The 35 year old Olymic champion is looking forward to ride the Nicholls-trained Pacha Du Polder in the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase on Friday.
She told the press that she always had the extremely ambitious target of riding competitively in the Foxhunter as a goal, and that it’s a truly amazing feeling to her to be announcing that she has achieved this goal.
“This has been no walk in the park, it has been physically demanding. I’ve had to dig deep, but I never wanted to give up”, she said.
She continued to say “This is hugely exciting. There’ll be a phenomenal crowd at Cheltenham and I am so excited. Getting round would be incredible. If I get round on the horse and complete the course I’ll feel like that’s a gold medal.”
Mr. Pendleton is now active in British horse racing as part of a ‘switching saddles’ campaign which was announced last March. While she had some minor setbacks on the road to Cheltenham, she had her first win as a jockey on the Andy Stewart-owned Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton last week.
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