Victoria Pendleton hits the turf after parting company with Satanic BeatPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Victoria Pendleton unseats at Newbury
OLYMPIC cycling legend Victoria Pendleton was unseated from the Phil Middleton-trained Satanic Beat on her third start in amateur company.
Satanic Beat, who went off a 4-1 favourite in the final race at Newbury, was well beaten in midfield, having raced prominently, when getting rid of the rider. Pendleton finished second and 13th on her first two starts in the equine saddle.
The dual-purpose Satanic Beat appeared to hold every chance when entering the straight in the mile and a half contest before weakening out of contention, with Pendleton easing her mount towards the line.
With just half a furlong to go, Satanic Beat appeared to show a mischievous side when helping an off-balance Pendleton out of the saddle. The two-time Olympic gold winner walked away unscathed from the fall.
Unseated but unshaken
Victoria Pendleton gives a thumbs up as she walks to the medical roomPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Pendleton - who as a track cyclist is no stranger to crashes - declared herself okay after the incident and said it would not deter her from returning to the saddle.
"I'm fine," she said. "I lost my balance and couldn't regain it. It's so annoying but won't put me off."
Pendleton started her riding stint back in July when she finished eighth in a charity race at Newbury. The former Olympic champion has been riding out for Lawney Hill, who provided her first two mounts in amateur company aboard eight-year-old Royal Etiquette.
She had also ridden out Satanic Beat on the gallops prior to Saturday's race, with Middleton complimenting her riding style and booking her to ride the well-fancied six-year-old.
The double Olympic sprint cycling champion's main goal is to ride in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham in March.