10th Feb 2016

Victoria Pendleton comes to Fakenham Races

Victoria Pendleton to race at Fakenham on 19th February


  • Pendleton will ride Pacha Du Polder over 3 miles at Fakenham on Friday February 19
  • Nicholls told betfair.com, “should Victoria reach Cheltenham, her and Pacha Du Polder are more than capable of finishing in the first six”
  • “Victoria’s improvement since challenge began is phenomenal” says Nicholls


Champion trainer, Paul Nicholls, has revealed in his latest Betfair blog that Victoria Pendleton will ride Pacha Du Polder in her first Hunter Chase at Fakenham on Friday, February 19.

Champion Trainer Nicholls told betting.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. It is important for Victoria to gain experience in a Hunter Chase before considering a tilt at the ultimate challenge of riding in the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham in March.”

The three mile Hunter Chase at Fakenham is seen as yet another step towards Pendleton’s ambitious goal of riding in the St James’ place Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham.

Nicholls added: “The race over 3 miles at Fakenham, an easy track, looks ideal and comes at a perfect time before Cheltenham. Pacha Du Polder is a very classy chaser, a brilliant jumper, travels well in his races, has smart form over Aintree’s National fences and showed he stayed three miles at Milborne St Andrew.”

Nicholls was full of praise for Pendleton, and her Cheltenham chances, telling Betfair: “I wanted to be satisfied at Milborne St Andrew that Victoria was ready for Hunter Chases and I’d say she passed the examination with flying colours. She sits quietly on a horse, is tidy over a fence and unbelievably determined. Frankly the improvement Victoria has made since she began this odyssey is phenomenal and she now looks the part when she comes down to Ditcheat to ride on our gallops. Should Victoria reach Cheltenham, her and Pacha Du Polder are more than capable of finishing in the first six.”

Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course David Hunter is delighted with the news: “I am thrilled that Fakenham will be playing it’s part in Victoria’s admirable and fantastic quest to ride in The Fox Hunter’s at Cheltenham. She is a truly remarkable Olympian and for her to come to Fakenham to have her first ride in a race under professional race conditions and regulation size fences, is a huge privelige. We look forward welcoming her, Pacha Du Polder, her family, her friends and her tariner Paul Nicholls to Fakenham on 19th February and fingers crossed that in the intervening period Victoria and Pacha remain fit and ready to race and that the weather is on our side.”

Paul Nicholls’ blog was posted on betting.betfair.com and all quotes should be attributed to this source.


To read the full article by Paul Nicholls visit https://betting.betfair.com/

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