Earlier this year Victoria Pendleton announced her partnership with online betting company Betfair to train to become an amateur jockey. Now the date is set for her debut race. Victoria will be propelled into the public eye for the first time after four months of intensive training.
Just four months since Pendleton announced her ambitious target of competing at Cheltenham in 2016, Britain's most successful female Olympian has gone from total novice to riding out five times a week at racehorse trainer Lawney Hill's yard in Oxfordshire. Pendleton is now riding with amateur and professional jockeys daily, and is increasingly comfortable riding thoroughbred racehorses.
The George Frewer Charity Race at Newbury, sponsored by the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, runs on the 2nd July as part of George Frewer Charity Race Evening, held this year in aid of Key4Life. It will be the first opportunity for Pendleton to test her newly acquired skills in a race environment and is a major milestone in her challenge to successfully switch saddles and ride in the Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham Festival in 2016.