Victoria Pendleton completed a major milestone in her quest to become a qualified amateur jockey after successfully completing her first race.
The former Mildenhall Cycling Club who will be remembered as one of the greatest female cyclists to grace the track, rode in the one mile, five furlong George Frewer Charity Race at Newbury aboard the Lawney Hill-trained Mighty Mambo and finished eighth out of 11 in a large bunched finish.
And although Britain’s most successful female Olympian showed plenty of promise to take a giant step in her ambitious aim of riding at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival next year, she is well the hard work is still yet to come.
“I loved it,” she said. “Being a part of this race gave me a huge thrill and to have got this far is an incredibly proud moment for myself and those who have helped me along the way.
“That said, I’m actually slightly cross with myself in the way I started the race. Mighty Mambo finished really strongly and had I been closer up sooner, you never know where we might have finished.
“Although I’ve learnt so much already, today has shown me that there’s plenty more hard work ahead if I’m to achieve my goal.”