Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pendleton Cutting to the Chase in Fakenham Test

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pendleton Cutting to the Chase in Fakenham Test

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VICTORIA Pendleton is set to make her hunter chase debut on Pacha Du Polder at Fakenham on February 19.

Competing over fences under Rules is the next step for the Olympic cycling champion, whose ambition is to ride in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next month.

She has already gained experience riding on the Flat and in point-to-points and is now gearing up towards reaching her goal.

Pendleton went very close to winning a point-topoint on Pacha Du Polder recently, when the horse was with Chloe Roddick. The nine-year-old, who was runner-up in the Crabbie's Fox Hunters' Chase over the Grand National course at Aintree last season, is now back with Paul Nicholls, who will give the partnership the chance to shine in the William Bulwer-Long Memorial "Grassroots" Fox Hunters' Chase.

He told Betfair: "Fakenham is the logical target after their excellent debut together when they failed by inches to land a point-to-point at Milborne St Andrew on January 31. …

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