Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has been confirmed to ride Royal Etiquette at Beverley on Tuesday.
Lawney Hill’s eight-year-old is one of 17 declared runners in the mile-and-a-quarter Betfair Supports Amateur Riders’ Handicap at 5.30pm. Hill’s inmate will break from stall 14 and shares joint-top weight with Brockfield, who won a division of this race 12 months ago.
The former track cyclist, who receives a 7lb claim on the Westwood, made her debut as an amateur jockey aboard Royal Etiquette at Ripon on August 31 when the partnership finished a head second behind 33-1 chance Jordaura. Hill has worked closely with Pendleton since the double Olympian said in March she wanted to become a jockey, with a long-term goal to compete in the Foxhunter Chase for amateur riders at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.
Her ‘Switching Saddles’ adventure is in partnership with online bookmakers Betfair, who have provided the fledgling jockey with a team of specialists including Team GB eventing performance manager Yogi Breisner.
Pendleton, 34, had her first raceday experience in the George Frewer Charity Race at Newbury on July 2, when she finished eighth aboard the Hill-trained Mighty Mambo. Britain’s most successful female Olympian then gained clearance to ride competitively at Ripon after she was awarded a Category A amateur riders’ licence on August 26 following a two-day assessment at the British Racing School in Newmarket.
Beverley’s eight-race fixture on Tuesday is due to begin at 2pm. The feature race on the card is the five-furlong British Stallion Studs Eddie And Violet Smith EBF Conditions Stakes (3.00), claimed last year by Group One-winning sprinter Kingsgate Native. Totescoop6 Beverley Bullet runner-up Line Of Reason is the star name in a strong seven-runner field for the £14,000 prize.
The official going on Sunday morning was described as good, good to firm in places.