Pendleton to return for more

Victoria Pendleton is set to have another go in a point-to-point following the short Christmas break after emerging unscathed from a fall at Larkhill on Sunday.

Victoria Pendleton riding her own horse Vesperal Dream at Larkhill

The dual Olympic cycling gold medallist was having a good spin when her mount Vesperal Dream, trained by Alan Hill, jinked approaching a fence and she was thrown into the wing.

Neither Pendleton nor her own horse were injured in the incident during the ladies' open at the Hursley Hambledon point-to-point fixture at the Wiltshire venue in pursuit of her first success in that sphere.

"Everything's all right, it was just a bit of a mishap," said Hill.

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"I think I got the horse slightly too well and he was running a little exuberantly.

"The horse is all right, Victoria is all right and ready to have another go when we can find another race when point-to-pointing resumes after Christmas.

"He was running a bit fresh, but no-one was injured. There are no problems so we'll go again.

"Victoria was back in on Monday morning, schooling two horses and riding another on the gallops. There is no dent in her enthusiasm.

"As soon as we can find a race after Christmas we'll be back on the course."

It was Pendleton's first mount of the new season following the last campaign in which she rode Pacha Du Polder to victory in a hunter chase at Wincanton and finished fifth on the same horse in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

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