In a historic moment, 18 year old Khadijah Mellah, the first jockey to wear a hijab, lifted the Magnolia Cup in the charity horse race in aid of Wellbeing of Women.
The Magnolia Cup was the first race on ladies day, Thursday August 1 at Glorious Goodwood. Upholding a Magnolia Cup tradition of supporting charities dedicated to improving the lives of women. 12 amateur jockeys race five-and-a-half furlongs along the famous track in vibrant silks designed especially for the occasion by Mary Katrantzou.
Luisa Zissman, Rosie Tapner, Vogue Williams and Victoria Pendleton were among the inspiring female riders taking part. The other riders were Alexis Green, Valeria Holinger, Georgia Connolly, Kitty Trice, Rachael Gowland, Kate Grover and Sophie Van Der Merwe.
Thousands of spectators filled the grounds to watch the inspiring race which gained nationwide coverage including in ITV, the BBC and The Times.
It was a fantastic day and collectively the jockeys raised over £64,000 – the most ever raised by the participating jockeys – for Wellbeing of Women’s work.
A huge thank you to the team at Goodwood for championing women’s health, to the incredible/wonderful jockeys for supporting our life saving work and to the horse sponsors, and the owners and trainers who donated the horses and gave their time.