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When two time Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton announced last March that she would be making the switch from the veledrome to the race course, many eyebrows were raised. However, now almost a year on, and with numerous successful rides under her belt, Pendleton is finally set to embark on her first professional run over regulation fences. With her ultimate goal of a ride at the Cheltenham Festival just a matter of weeks away, the former cyclist is closing in on her first victory on horseback as she competes at Fakenham on Friday afternoon.

 

After coming out unscathed from a recent fall at Barbury Castle, having been unseated with five fences to go at the end of the race, Pendleton will be looking to prove her doubters wrong as she hopes to claim a first professional victory in the coming weeks. With a potential ride at the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, a race in which the quality and amount of riders will be significantly more than she has come up against to date, Pendleton will be looking to gain valuable experience in her meetings until then.

 

Pendleton will be riding Paul Nicholls trained, Pacha Du Polder at the Norfolk venue on Friday and the horse has also been pencilled in as her ride for the Cheltenham Festival in March. Nicholls, a champion jumps trainer, has assured any pessimists that the horse will have no problem with the Fakenham track, as well as at the gruelling Cheltenham Festival run. The question on many people’s lips however, will be does he have the legs to finish though? Coral Interactive offer a complete Cheltenham guide for those of you who like a horse racing bet.

 

Despite her competitiveness and passion to succeed in her new sport, Pendleton is not placing all her eggs in one basket and says she has other options if horse racing is not as fruitful as she had hoped.

 

“I’ve got a massive list of sports I’d like to learn – actually I’d really like to learn how to box, that is on my list.” States Pendleton, who only received her amateur riding license in August of last year.

 

When asked about her biggest challenge when adjusting from cycling to horse racing, Pendleton quipped ‘‘Having No Breaks, probably.’’ One of the biggest obsticales for her to overcome in her next race however will be keeping her concentration. With four jockeys having been banned in recent years for either riding a finish a circuit too soon or, in other cases, heading out for one circuit too many. Pendleton will however be no stranger to pressure and expectation, having lit up the veledrome in front of packed houses on numerous occasions. It remains to be seen however, if after such little time, she can compete against such experienced riders.

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California Garlic Festival Shooting – 3 dead

At least three people are dead, including a 6-year-old boy, and at least 12 more have been injured, officials say.

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At least three people are dead, including a 6-year-old boy, and at least 12 more have been injured, officials say. A spokesperson for the Santa Clara County Health System said their hospitals received 11 patients with gunshot wounds, and 8 more with injuries that weren’t gunshot related.

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Boy injured at airport after climbing onto baggage conveyor belt

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A two-year-old boy was injured on Monday after climbing onto a baggage conveyor belt at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and being sent down to a luggage room.

The boy’s mother, Edith Vega, told police she had set her son Lorenzo down for a moment while she printed a boarding pass, but by the time she looked up, he was already on the belt.

“I just went blank,” Ms Vega told WSB-TV. “I wanted to jump in and try to go get him but they didn’t allow me. I was just freaking out and I’m, like, ‘Oh my goodness, I hope he’s OK. I hope he’s just enjoying the ride’.”

She also said investigators told her after Lorenzo disappeared from view he was taken on a five-minute journey that ended in the TSA bag room.

His hand was said to be fractured by the time he was retrieved. Ms Vega added she was just grateful he was still alive.

The boy was then transferred to a hospital that afternoon, the airport confirmed in a statement.“Officers with Atlanta Police and Atlanta Fire and Rescue responded to an incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Monday afternoon involving a small child who accessed the automated baggage screening system via the Spirit Airlines ticket counter,” said Hartsfield-Jackson in a statement shared with Fox News.

“The child was transported to a local hospital for observation and treatment. The Transportation Security Administration and other partners are also assisting with the investigation into the incident.”

Spirit Airlines says it is “working with TSA and airport officials” following the incident.

Read next: Passengers outraged as airline weighs passengers at check in

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Boris Johnson to be UK’s next Prime Minister

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Boris Johnson is set to become prime minister on Wednesday, after Theresa May formally steps down.

Boris Johnson has been elected leader of the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party and, by default, the country’s next prime minister.

The Brexit hardliner, a former London mayor, on Tuesday won the votes of 92,153 members of the ruling party, while his rival, Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, won 46,656.

Johnson is set to become prime minister on Wednesday, after Theresa May formally steps down.

In his victory speech, the 55-year-old said his campaign message had been to “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat [opposition Labour leader] Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are going to do”.

“Do you look daunted? Do you feel daunted? I don’t think you look remotely daunted to me,” Johnson told party members at the Queen Elizabeth ll conference centre in London. “We are going to get Brexit done.”

Outgoing prime minister Theresa May congratulated Mr Johnson, promising him her “full support from the back benches”

Boris Johnson’s Brexit Negotiations

Johnson has vowed to negotiate a new Brexit divorce deal with the European Union before the scheduled October 31 deadline, but Brussels has insisted it will not reopen negotiations.

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The former London mayor, who will become prime minister tomorrow, vowed to energize the country.

He has said he would ramp up preparations for a no deal to try to force the EU’s negotiators to make changes to the accord.

“We will of course be pushing our plan into action, and getting ready to come out on October 31, come what may … do or die, come what may,” Johnson told Talkradio last month.

The only deal on the table has been rejected three times by the British parliament and many legislators – including pro-EU rebels in the Conservative Party – are also vowing to block Johnson from trying to take Britain out of the EU without a deal.

EU leaders said they want to work with Johnson to ratify the Brexit withdrawal deal signed by his predecessor.

“We look forward to working constructively with PM Boris Johnson when he takes office, to facilitate the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement and achieve an orderly Brexit,” EU negotiator Michel Barnier said on Twitter after Johnson’s victory was confirmed.

“Boris Johnson inherits a parliament that is as divided as it ever was under Theresa May, who failed to deliver Brexit. He inherits a majority that is frailer than Theresa May’s, just three seats in it, one of which they will almost certainly lose next week in a by-election,” he said.

“Others could go by the wayside, with rumours of MPs willing to defect to other parties. By the autumn it is conceivable that Johnson no longer has a majority and that would be the moment for Corbyn to call a confidence vote.”

A number of Conservative Party ministers have already announced they will resign to fight against a no deal Brexit, which experts warn would push the UK’s economy into a severe downturn.

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