Pendleton poised for final ride ahead of Festival date

Victoria Pendleton could ride her final race at Whitfield on Sunday before next week's Cheltenham Festival
Victoria Pendleton could ride her final race at Whitfield on Sunday before next week's Cheltenham Festival

Victoria Pendleton may have her final ride before the Cheltenham Festival at Sunday’s Bicester with Whaddon Chase Point-to-Point meeting at Whitfield.

Former Olympic cycling star Pendleton, given the green light to ride Pacha Du Polder in the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase, is engaged to ride According To Sarah in the Strutt & Parker Novice Riders race.

Victoria Pendleton on board Pacha Du Polder

Victoria Pendleton on board Pacha Du Polder

The standard is set by the Levinson Family’s Premier Portrait, a four-timer this season, while rider Abigail Banks has the option of consistent course winner Well Mett or convincing Thorpe Lodge scorer Arthur’s Secret.

Stablemate Ice Cool Benny may renew rivalry with Mattara. Pointing newcomer Xaarcet, bidding to give trainer Tom Messenger and rider Lottie Crane more success at this fixture, completes the shortlist.

Oarah Rippon will hope decisive Cocklebarrow scorer Good Egg can maintain her 100 per cent record at the course in the Kehoe Contractors Mixed Open race.

Successful with her only previous mount, Metal Detector, at this meeting in 2012, Rippon’s charge should be suited by the staying track.

Stiff opposition comes from Hunter Chase winners Popaway (Pauline Harkin), Sharp Suit (Alan Hill) and Stratford Stroller (Diana Ralph).

The first race is due off at 12:30. Advance e-tickets at www.bicesterhunt.co.uk are £20 per car (£10 single occupancy).

Whitfield Racecourse is situated just off the A43 between Silverstone and Brackley.