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Victoria Pendleton confirmed for Cheltenham Festival ride

Olympic keirin champ to ride Pacha Du Polder in 'Gold Cup for Amateurs'...

Olympic keirin champion Victoria Pendleton has landed herself a ride on the biggest day of the National Hunt horse racing calendar after being confirmed for the Foxhunters Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Gold Cup day a week on Friday.

She will ride Pacha Du Polder, the same mount she rode to victory in only her second outing under National Hunt rules at Wincanton last week, just one year after saddling a horse for the first time.

The 35-year-old will talk about the prospect of riding a race often termed the Gold Cup for Amateurs in a press conference later today.

Here's a video of Pendleton securing her maiden victory over the jumps.

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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