Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Pendleton Powers In To Contention

Victoria Pendleton increased her chances of success at the Cheltenham Festival when partnering Pacha Du Polder to success at Wincanton today.

William Hill more than halved her price for the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham to 16-1 from 33-1.

However, William Hill believe she has a lot to prove, particularly on jump racing’s biggest stage.

“Victoria still has it all to do. She’s got six horses in front of her in the betting for the Foxhunter and it will take every inch of her Olympian reserves to see her win at Cheltenham,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

St James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase: 5-2 On The Fringe, 7-1 Marito, 8-1 Aupcharlie, Paint The Clouds, 10-1 Mendip Express, 14-1 It Came To Pass, 16-1 Current Event, Dark Lover, Pacha Du Polder, Pearlysteps, 20-1 Mr Mercurial, Palypso De Creek, 25-1 Carsonstown Boy, Chapoturgeon, Current Exchange, Impact Area, Twirling Magnet, 33-1 OR BIGGER THE REST (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)