As Betfair and Victoria Pendleton's 'Switching Saddles' challenge reaches the half-way point, Sedgemoor Express, a six-year old gelding, and According to Sarah, a seven-year-old mare, have been announced as the horses Britain's most successful female Olympian will be riding in the upcoming point-to-point season...
"I am really excited about getting to know Sedgemoor Express and According to Sarah and hopefully we can give the Betfair Racing Club a lot of fun in the upcoming Point to Point season."
Sedgemoor Express, previously trained by Nigel Hawke in Devon, was spotted at last month's Doncaster sales. He has won six times in his career to date, most recently at Wetherby in May where he was ridden to success by Tom Scudamore.
Joining Sedgemoor Express is According to Sarah, formerly trained by Philip Hobbs in Somerset. She has raced 20 times under rules, winning twice and finishing in the first four on another ten occasions.
Both horses will be trained by Alan Hill and are considered the ideal horses for Pendleton to gain experience of riding over steeplechase fences. They will race in the colours of the Betfair Racing Club.
As revealed at his Open Day, champion trainer Paul Nicholls has confirmed his commitment to Pendleton and Betfair by offering Join Together as another horse for her to ride in her bid to compete in the Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham 2016.
Victoria is 33/1 to ride the winner of the Foxhunters.
Victoria said: "I am really excited about getting to know Sedgemoor Express and According to Sarah and hopefully we can give the Betfair Racing Club a lot of fun in the upcoming Point to Point season.
"Since I first started on this journey with Betfair, Lawney and Alan Hill and Yogi Briesner, I've ridden a variety of horses, the ride that Mighty Mambo gave me in the charity race at Newbury will always be a special memory, similarly the rush of adrenaline I felt after finishing second on Royal Etiquette in my debut under rules at Ripon was an incredible feeling.
"I'm very lucky that I ride out at Woodway Farm under Lawney and Alan's expert guidance as it allows me to ride a wide variety of horses, something I realise is a key if I am to progress in this incredibly demanding and ambitious challenge."
Check out our exclusive video as Victoria talks about Sedgemoor (or 'Sedgie') and According to Sarah, otherwise known as 'Big Red'...