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On The Fringe Retains Foxhunters Title, As Pendleton Excels On Biggest Stage

Friday 18th March 2016

On The Fringe produced a gutsy display to retain his Foxhunter Chase title under a sublime ride, but the race was capped off by Victoria Pendleton excelling on the biggest stage, as she finished an impressive fifth on Pacha Du Polder in what was a tremendous sequel to the Gold Cup.

Backed off the boards in the lead-up to the race, On The Fringe was made to work for his success, but under a tremendous ride from Nina Carberry she cajoled her mount to the front and a fine jump at the last handed the opportunity to win the race, and the 13/8 jolly outbattled Marito to glory.

However, the eyes of the general public were then fixed on Pacha Du Polder, who stormed up the hill for Pendleton and she finished a sublime staying-on fifth to complete a stunning journey that has seen the former Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist switch saddles into the National Hunt arena.

While the column inches will be jam-packed of 'Pendomania', it was Carberry's class that came to the fore once again as she handed favourite backers another notable success, as the bookmakers faced another hammering in what is turning into one of the toughest festivals in recent history for the layers.

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