Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton has set her sights on riding at next year's Cheltenham Festival after deciding to try to qualify as amateur rider.
Pendleton, who is Britain's most successful female Olympian, has teamed up with bookmakers Betfair to pursue her aim of riding in the 2016 Foxhunter Chase and she is already working with champion trainer Paul Nicholls and eventing guru Yogi Breisner.
Foxrock will be supplemented for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival after owner Barry Connell ruled out a tilt at the Gold Cup.
Trainer Nicky Henderson and stable jockey Barry Geraghty team up at Sandown on Friday, and the well-regarded Lessons In Milan can make a successful handicap debut for the deadly combination in the well-contested two and three-quarter mile handicap hurdle (4.00) at the Esher track.
In part two of our Festival Trends Guide, Andrew Mount breaks down the main stats for the Neptune, the RSA, the Champion Chase and the Bumper. If you want to narrow your field right down to the key contenders, and take on board some tips too, this is essential reading.