Victoria Pendleton: All set for second competitive ride on Royal Etiquette

Victoria (centre, red silks, yellow helmet) riding at Ripon in August
Victoria (centre, red silks, yellow helmet) riding at Ripon in August
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Victoria Pendleton's Switching Saddles adventure takes its next step on Tuesday when she has her second competitive ride as a jockey, at Beverley...

"There is something special about riding at a racecourse, the energy from the crowd really hits you as you enter the home straight and you can feel yourself and the horse reacting to that. All the early mornings and hours of training are worth it for that feeling alone."

The two-time Olympic gold medallist, who made her debut as an amateur jockey aboard Royal Etiquette at Ripon on August 31 finishing a hugely creditable second, will once again ride the eight-year-old in the Betfair Supports Amateur Riders' Handicap at 17:30. The pair, trained by Lawney Hill, are 6/1 second favourites.

The Switching Saddles campaign sees Betfair backing Victoria to compete in the Foxhunter Chase for amateur riders at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

She had her first raceday experience in the George Frewer Charity Race at Newbury on July 2, when she finished eighth aboard Mighty Mambo.

Pendleton said: "The 'Switching Saddles' challenge to date has been incredibly exciting. I've been working hard with Betfair and the team for just under seven months, when I started I couldn't ride a horse and now I have ridden in a charity race, achieved my category A licence and finished second in my amateur debut at Ripon in the Betfair Amateur Series.

"There is something special about riding at a racecourse, the energy from the crowd really hits you as you enter the home straight and you can feel yourself and the horse reacting to that. All the early mornings and hours of training are worth it for that feeling alone.

"Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to riding at Beverley in the Betfair Supports Amateur Riders' Handicap and experiencing that feeling again, but more importantly these races really give me a chance to test myself against other amateur jockeys in preparation for Cheltenham in March and I hope that I can put another good performance in on the 22nd."


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