Olympic cycling champ Pendleton unseated on jumps debut

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LONDON: Britain’s Victoria Pendleton was unseated from odds-on favorite Pacha Du Polder at Fakenham, eastern England, on Friday in the former cycling star’s debut as a National Hunt jump jockey. The double Olympic track-cycling gold medalist was unhurt on Pacha Du Polder, saddled by leading English jumps trainer Paul Nicholls in the Switching Saddles “Grassroots” Fox Hunters’ Chase for amateur riders. Pendleton fell off after the seventh fence when Baltic Blue, who was a length in front of Pacha Du Polder, came down just in front of her mount. The 35-year-old, who retired from competitive cycling after the 2012 London Olympics, is aiming to ride on the same horse in the Foxhunter Chase at next month’s prestigious Cheltenham Festival in southwest England.

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