Victoria Pendleton's quest for a first winner as a jockey hit an unfortunate snag at Wadebridge on Sunday when her mount Working Title all but pulled himself up when leading the Ladies Open Race.
Pendleton, a double Olympic gold medal-winner as a cyclist, had been positive from the get-go on the multiple course winner, stretching 15 lengths clear at one point with her mount jumping nicely in the lead.
However, as the horses passed the enclosures for a final time, Working Title came to a near stop with Pendleton having to coax him back into the race, albeit at the expense of the advantage they had built up over the other horses.
Having been joined and headed by the favourite Ray Diamond, Working Title quickly dropped back through the field and was eventually pulled up by Pendleton with victory going to Sobre Tresor.
Lawney Hill, who is assisting Pendleton in her retraining as a rider, said: "Victoria had a great spin on Working Title and they jumped well together for a lot of the race. The horse decided though coming down the straight for a second time that he had done enough and pulled himself up.
"Victoria did really well to get him going again as it is not an easy thing to do but it is hard to make up ground when it's as testing as it is and she wisely pulled up after being slightly hampered by a faller."
Hill added: "It will have done her good to jump around on a tired horse and it's all good experience for her for Cheltenham. The horse did pull an off-fore shoe off in the race so maybe that was part of the reason he did what he did too."
Pendleton, who is aiming to ride in the St James' Place Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next month as part of a Betfair-backed campaign, has yet to ride a winner on the Flat or in point-to-points and came closest last weekend when beaten in a photo on her Cheltenham mount Pacha Du Polder.
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