Leading racehorse owner, Andy Stewart, has made Pacha Du Polder, runner up in the 2015 Aintree Foxhunters, available to Victoria Pendleton as a mount for the remainder of the Point to Point season and as a potential ride at the Cheltenham festival.
The 9 year old gelding, trained by Chloe Roddick in Somerset, will provide Pendleton with invaluable additional race riding experience. Pacha Du Polder is already qualified for the St James’ Place Foxhunter Chase, but in the first instance he is considered a fantastic addition to Pendleton’s roster of rides for the current Point to Point season.
Andy Stewart, commented “The Stewart Family are delighted that Victoria will be riding Pacha Du Polder for us in Point to Points, and who knows maybe even at Cheltenham. It was thrilling at Aintree as he looked the winner until Nina Carberry joined him at the last and JP’s On The Fringe beat us, so this year it might be a women’s race….we are very excited about the coming months.”
Pendleton will now work closely with Chloe Roddick, whilst continuing her regular visits to trainer Alan Hill’s, as she ramps up preparation in an attempt to achieve her ambitious goal of lining up at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The former Olympian’s quest to gain race riding experience is set to continue this weekend with Alan Hill planning entries.
Victoria Pendleton, commented, “I’m delighted that Andy Stewart has kindly made Pacha Du Polder available for Point-to-Points and potentially Cheltenham. It’s great that an owner of Andy’s stature is putting his faith in me to ride one of his horses.”
Alan Hill added, “Victoria continues to make great progress and Black Forest was another step forward for her. This stage of the challenge is beginning to build important momentum and we are keen to continue giving Victoria as much experience of riding in point-to-points as possible so it’s important to let people with suitable horses know that they can contact me with a view to Victoria riding them in Point-to-Points”