Victoria Pendleton, Britain’s most successful female Olympian, finished 8th her horse racing debut on Thursday July 2, on Mighty Mambo in the Charity race at Newbury racecourse.
Pendleton who won two Olympic Gold medals as a track cyclist announced in early 2015, her intentions to train in an attempt to become an amateur jockey, with the aim of claiming a ride in the 2016 Cheltenham Festival her ultimate goal.
To succeed in her new career Pendleton has undergone four months of intensive work, learning the basics of horse riding from Yogi Breisner, before further developing her horse riding skills with former event rider Chris King.
The 34 year old has also been riding out five times a week at the stables of racing trainer Lawney Hill, adapting her new found skills for the purpose of riding racehorses.
Recently retired champion jockey AP McCoy has also offered the former Olympian advice as she seeks to make Cheltenham 2016 with Lawney Hill declaring;
“I saw AP McCoy at Royal Ascot and I spoke to him about Victoria riding out. I wanted him to come and see her progress and see how much effort she is putting into it. He came to us and was very impressed and also gave Victoria some very helpful advice.”