Horse Racing

Magnolia Cup: Meet the ten brave Goodwood jockeys from stunning Wag Scarlett to Frankie Dettori’s daughter Ella

THE Magnolia Cup is the jewel in the crown of Ladies Day at Glorious Goodwood.

Ten amateur female jockeys will all compete in a charity race over the famed Sussex track.

Scarlett is one of the amateur female jockeys taking part in the Magnolia Cup

A few of them have riding experience, but some never sat on a racehorse proper until just a few months ago.

Now they will be hurtling along at 40mph clinging on for dear life – and the chance to win the top prize.

Here, SunSport looks at all those taking part. There is a link to donate to their charity at the bottom.

Scarlett Reus

Wife of Dortmund legend and Germany star Marco, Scarlett, 27, is a huge lover of horses and keen rider.

A fitness fanatic with a passion for healthy eating, Scarlett regularly treats her 265,000 Instagram followers to pictures of her life behind the scenes, which has included rigorous training for this race.

Ella Dettori

Talk about pressure. It cannot be easy trying to live up to your old man in the saddle when his name is Frankie Dettori.

The world’s most famous jockey is still winning at 50 and shows no sign of slowing down or stopping his flying dismount.

The same can’t be said for 19-year-old Ella though, who admits seeing her dad launch himself off horses fills her with dread.

Scarlett with her football star husband Marco
Frankie will watch on as Ella competes at Glorious Goodwood

Thea Gosden-Hood

Daughter of legendary trainer John and sister to trainer Thady, Thea grew up with racing in her blood.

Thea will take to the track no doubt helped by some words of advice from her 70-year-old dad.

And she would be wise to listen given Gosden has recorded more than 3,000 winners during his storied career.

But Thea did not go down the racing career path – even though her dad had her on the back of a horse as a toddler.

She is co-founder of and director at Indigo and Ivy Events, an event planning company who specialise in ‘enchanting parties’.

So, in other words, she’ll know how to throw a good one if she wins.

Thea brings to the race the knowledge of her master trainer dad John, right

Lady Tatiana Mountbatten

The Queen’s second cousin is already an accomplished dressage rider.

But she admits going full throttle on a racehorse built for sprinting has at times been a ‘terrifying’ experience.

Still, she has like all the women involved, showed great guts to keep going.

And she can expect any victory to be met with the royal seal of approval.

Rachel Stringer

Football Focus presenter Rachel is more used to going great speed on two legs rather than four.

A keen runner, she represented Team GB at the European Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Youth Games.

But now she has undergone a brutal fitness test of a different kind in preparation for steering a racehorse.

Isabel Spearman

Brand consultant Isabel has intimate detail of what it’s like inside the corridors of power.

She was special adviser to Samantha Cameron during husband David’s premiership and was awarded an OBE in 2017.

Now a newspaper columnist, she’s swapping real power for horsepower in the Magnolia Cup.

Isabel says getting ready for the Magnolia Cup has been ‘an experience of a lifetime’.

Callie Coles

Writer and influencer Callie has extensive experience on horseback owing to her hunting background.

She is popular on Instagram with more than 43,000 followers, where she documents her life riding – which includes letting horses in the house – and looking after her two young boys.

Caroline Miller

A property consultant in the UK and France, Caroline is based in West Sussex.

Octavia Pollock

A writer and chief sub-editor of Country Life magazine, Octavia describes herself as ‘an English country girl with a yen for travel’.

Lady Tatiana is The Queen’s second cousin
Rachel is a popular face on TV but is now racing to get in the winners’ enclosure
Isabel, right, was special adviser to Sam Cam in No 10

Candida is already an accomplished rider so could hold an advantage over her rivals

Candida Crawford

A freelance rider, Candida jokes that she once got stopped by a policeman… who asked her for her number.

Goose Leigh

An advertising executive at Tatler magazine, Goose said she was ‘thrilled’ to be taking part in the Magnolia Cup on its tenth anniversary.

Callie is already experienced on horseback and should relish the race conditions

You can donate to all the riders who are competing for charity SmartWorks HERE


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