The Magnolia Cup

One of the highlights of Glorious Goodwood is Ladies’ Day, celebrated on the Thursday of raceweek each year.

In honour of celebrating all things female and raising serious sums of money for women’s charities, Goodwood launched an all-female, amateur horse race, the Magnolia Cup, in 2011.

Twelve ladies, selected for their outstanding achievements, were each lent a horse and taught to race ride by a top trainer.

Leading names from the world of fashion including Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss and Issa gave their time to design the race silks, ensuring that each lady jockey looked the part.

Supermodel and face of Burberry, Edie Campbell (pictured right), won the inaugural event sporting silks designed by Jasmine Guinness. She competed again in 2012, though jewellery designer Philippa Holland won the thrilling second edition of the charity event.

Holland, wearing Katie Grand silks, gained a double when capturing the third running of the Magnolia Cup from eight rivals in 2013 when Campbell took a break.

In 2014 Edie Campbell, who partnered the Ian Williams-trained See The Storm, was again victorious – and received her prize from Hollywood heart-throb Tom Cruise.

Campbell, 2014’s Goodwood race ambassador, had won The Magnolia Cup in 2011 and been fourth in 2012 – she and the other eight who took part were raising money for The Reading Agency, which is dedicated to aiding reading and literacy skills, and Best Beginnings, which breaks down inequalities in child health.

See The Storm won pulling clear, and model Campbell said: “Moving the finishing post [forward half a furlong to give riders more time to pull up] definitely helped and gave us more time – and if there hadn’t been a rail at the end of the pull-up I would have been in the next county!

“I’ve been riding out at Ian Williams for a couple of months and I was so grateful to him and the horse’s owners for allowing me to ride. I watched a recording of him [See The Storm] at Ascot and that gave me confidence knowing he wanted to win. I was more nervous than ever this year, because you know it’s frightening and scary, and you put a lot of work in to get here.

“Raising money for The Reading Agency means a lot – it’s one of my favourite charities.”

The supermodel, who has ridden since the age of five, was crowned Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in December, 2013. The 23-year-old has headlined a host of major catwalk shows, including Burberry, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. As well as winning the inaugural Magnolia Cup, she rode in the Gucci Masters show jumping tournament in Paris in December.

Winning trainer Williams said: “Edie’s put a lot of hard work and many early mornings into it. She was in every time she was due to ride first lot and has really put in a lot of effort. He ran so well in the ladies’ race at Ascot on Saturday and it seemed perfect to come here.”

 

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