Sunday 25 September 2016

Nina Carberry and On The Fringe take the Foxhunter Chase as Victoria Pendleton finishes fifth on Pacha Du Polder

Published 18/03/2016 | 16:45

Pacha Du Polder ridden by Victoria Pendleton in action in the St. James's Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup during Gold Cup Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 18, 2016. See PA story RACING Foxhunter. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Pacha Du Polder ridden by Victoria Pendleton in action in the St. James's Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup during Gold Cup Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 18, 2016. See PA story RACING Foxhunter. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Victoria Pendleton exceeded all expectations by finishing fifth on Pacha Du Polder in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham.

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Pendleton gave the Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old a very patient ride and was stone last for the first mile. As the race began to evolve, Pendleton, a double Olympic cycling champion, began to move through the field with style.

Dependable in the jumping department, Pacha Du Polder was making lengths at some fences but turning into the straight Pendleton still had plenty of horses in front of her.

As Nina Carberry brought Enda Bolger's champion hunter On The Fringe (13-8 favourite) through to beat Marito by a neck, Pendleton stayed on strongly to complete an afternoon to remember.

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