On Saturday, 11th February, dual Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton registered a memorable win in the Rossdales-sponsored Ladies Open race at Cottenham Point-to-Point, this time as an owner, rather than as a jockey.
In an exciting race with 9 runners, Victoria's horse, Vesperal Dream, ridden by Izzy Marshall, got up in the last few strides to beat the favourite, Sharp Suit, by a neck. Oxfordshire-based Alan Hill trains both horses. Rossdales partner Fred Barrelet presented the trophies and champagne to Victoria and Izzy. Victoria explained afterwards: “I hurt my ankle when I fell off him at Larkhill, down in Wiltshire, two weeks ago. At the time I thought it was nothing but it swelled right up and, when I finally went to hospital a week later, I discovered that it was a compound fracture. The trophy is beautiful – and bigger than anything I got during my cycling career."
It was a very cold day but racegoers were treated to very competitive racing with plenty of runners coming from all over the country, including two rides for Rossdales racing team vet Jack Day.
Images by Richard Weller-Poley.
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