VICTORIA Pendleton will be teaming up with Sedgemoor Express and According To Sarah during the point-to-point season as she continues to pursue her dream of riding at the Cheltenham Festival.

The 35-year-old Olympic cycling star, who lives in Moreton, near Thame, has ridden in two amateur Flat events, but will now start to turn her attention to racing over obstacles.

Having spent the summer working diligently with Aston Rowant trainer Lawney Hill and her husband Alan, a leading figure in the point-to-point world, Pendleton is aiming to ride in the Foxhunters’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next March.

Both Sedgemoor Express and According To Sarah are now both in the care of Alan Hill, and Pendleton cannot wait.

Pendleton said: “I am really excited about getting to know Sedgemoor Express and According to Sarah and hopefully we can give the Betfair Racing Club a lot of fun in the upcoming season."

“I’m very lucky that I ride out at Woodway Farm under Lawney and Alan’s expert guidance as it allows me to ride a wide variety of horses, something I realise is a key if I am to progress in this incredibly demanding and ambitious challenge.

Meanwhile, Wantage trainer Henry Candy saw his speed machine Limato edged into second place in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp on Sunday.