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Plans fluid for Victoria Pendleton point-to-point debut

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Victoria Pendleton is likely to have her first competitive ride over fences in a point-to-point at either Cottenham or Black Forest Lodge on Sunday.

Victoria Pendleton is likely to have her first competitive ride over fences in a point-to-point at either Cottenham or Black Forest Lodge on Sunday.

Trainer Alan Hill is set to make a decision on Sunday morning as to which venue he will send Minella Theatre, who has been earmarked as Pendleton's chosen mount.

The 12-year-old gelding holds two entries at Cottenham - in the two-and-a-half-mile PPORA Club Members Conditions (12pm) and in the three-mile Ladies Open race (1pm).

But the double Olympic cycling champion and Minella Theatre could also be action at Black Forest Lodge, where the horse is currently engaged in the three-mile Black Forest Members race at 12.35pm.

Hill said on Saturday evening: "At the moment, we haven't totally sorted everything out.

"We are going to see what the weather does overnight.

"The plan is that Minella Theatre will be Victoria's first point-to-point ride, but we must work out the pros and cons and do what is right for the horse and jockey."

Stablemate Sedgemoor Express is also entered in the Ladies Open at Cottenham but Hill said the seven-year-old would not be running.

Pendleton announced earlier this year she was targeting a ride in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March as part of her 'Switching Saddles' challenge with Betfair.

Having spent the summer working with trainer Lawney Hill and her husband Alan, Pendleton has ridden in three amateur Flat events - going close to winning at Ripon - but has now turned her attention to racing over obstacles.