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Victoria Pendleton secures first win as National Hunt jockey (+ video)

As track world championships start in London, 2012 Olympic champ gets first success in new sport

On the day the UCI Track World Championships start at the velodrome where she won Olympic gold in the keirin at London 2012, Victoria Pendleton has secured her first victory as an amateur jockey under National Hunt rules.

The 35-year-old won this afternoon's Betfair Switching Saddles Handicap Chase at Wincanton on Pacha du Polder, the horse she was unseated from in her National Hunt debut at Fakenham last month.

While Pendleton has raced on the flat and at point-to-points since taking up horse racing last year, today's race was just her second National Hunt event.

Her victory puts her in a strong position to achieve her dream of competing in an amateur race at the Cheltenham Festival later this month on the same horse in front of bumper crowds on Gold Cup day.

> Pendleton unseated on National Hunt horse racing debut


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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