High profile ladies involved in this year’s Magnolia Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival will be competing in the prestigious amateur rider’s charity race in aid of Wellbeing of Women.
The star-studded line-up which includes women from the worlds of business, sport, fashion, music, and media, saw the likes of Vogue Williams – Irish DJ and Model, and former Apprentice star Luisa Zissman, take part in a rigorous day of fitness and race riding challenges in preparation for the race on 1st August.
Vogue Williams who passed with flying colours commented: “My legs are like jelly after this morning, riding horses challenges a completely different set of muscle groups, which is very difficult to train for in a gym.”
“My first taste of riding came at 11 years of age, but I’ve hardly done any since. Under the guidance of racehorse trainer, Jim Boyle, my confidence has developed, Jim has taught me a lot with regards to control and pace. Every time I passed a horse on the gallops going too fast, the girls charged me a tenner as a joke, so I learnt very quickly with regards to the required control and balance.”
The Ladbrokes racing ambassador went on to add: “The whole Magnolia Cup journey has been completely exhilarating, it’s epic, and I’ve definitely caught the racing bug.”
English retail entrepreneur and runner up of The Apprentice, Luisa Zissman commented: “I felt the pressure today, but all the ladies taking part are so supportive of one another, and it has certainly spurred me on. The whole experience to date has involved a huge amount of commitment, and although we are only half way, I’m hugely competitive and will be looking to win.”
“Aside from the race itself, it is inspirational to be working with the charity, Wellbeing of Women, who do some amazing research. I’m hosting a fundraising event for them in the coming weeks too; it’s so refreshing to know that all our hard work is for such a great cause.”
Having passed the assessment previously, gold medal-winning Olympian, Victoria Pendleton and British fashion model, Rosie Tapner were on hand to encourage their fellow riders through the test.
Victoria Pendleton commented: “Having the honour of riding at Goodwood is a truly unique experience. I am very fortunate to the ridden competitively in the past and if there was one piece of advice I could give the ladies beforehand, it is to enjoy the race and savour every second.”
Rosie Tapner spoke fondly of her experience in the race last year: “Nothing compares to the atmosphere of riding in a race at Goodwood, it really is one of the most beautiful racecourses in the country.
“I jumped at the chance to ride in the race again this year; horseracing is a real passion of mine and one I can combine with the fashion. This year the hugely talented Greek designer, Mary Katrantzou, will be designing the silks so I can’t wait to see how beautiful they look. With the line-up of ladies looking incredibly strong, I will be keeping my head down and training hard.”
A total of 12 women will be taking part in the 2019 Magnolia Cup:
Alexis Green – BBC weather presenter and journalist
Georgia Connolly – Ambassador for the Victoria Racing Club, custodian of the world-renowned Melbourne Cup Carnival
Kate Grover – Executive Assistant, MW&L Capital Partners Limited
Khadijah Mellah – A member of Ebony Horse Club
Kitty Trice – Journalist at the Racing Post
Luisa Zissman – English retail entrepreneur and reality television personality
Rachael Gowland – Marketing Communications Manager at British European Breeders Fund
Rosie Tapner – British fashion model and presenter
Sophie Van Der Merwe – Professional event rider
Valeria Holinger – Skikjöring Racer & Marketing Assistant and Race Department Assistant at Head Switzerland
Victoria Pendleton – London 2012 Olympic gold medal winning cyclist
Vogue Williams – Irish TV presenter, DJ and model