Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton is swapping one saddle for another as she aims to move into the world of horse racing.
The 34-year-old plans to race at the Cheltenham Festival next March in the Foxhunter Chase and is reportedly already working with leading trainer Paul Nicholls.
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Pendleton retired from cycling after claiming gold in the keirin at London 2012 and now, funded by bookmakers Betfair, she hopes to move through the jockey ranks to a Category A amateur licence.
“I’ve been looking for a new and exciting challenge, and when they approached me about the opportunity to become a licensed amateur jockey, it captured my imagination,” she said.
“I’m motivated by the scale of the challenge and the opportunity to combine my love of horses with learning a new skill under the guidance of racing experts put together for me.
“My team and I have identified the ambitious target of riding competitively in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next year.
“But the initial focus will be on getting me to a level whereby I am granted an amateur jockey licence, which is a significant challenge in itself given that I had never even sat on a horse until a week ago.”