Historic Day at Glorious Goodwood yesterday

LADIES DAY at Glorious Goodwood yesterday fulfilled all expectations, with the highlight being when Mhadijah Mellah became Britain’s first Muslim jockey to win her debut race there.

Just 18-years-old, she won the Magnolia Cup charity race for women only in fine style on board Haverland. It was even more remarkable because the first time she sat on a racehorse was only four months previously- and she finished in front of the likes of VIctoria Pendleton and model Vogue Williams.

Magnolia Cup winner Mella following her victory      Photo: Press Association

Mella is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September.
The charity race, a five-furlong and 110-yard flat race, was held on the third day of the meet to raise funds for Wellbeing of Women.
She came from off the pace to score a memorable victory for connections.Mellah raced less than four months after first sitting on a racehorse and is the first person in the UK to ride a competitive race while wearing a hijab.
The rookie jockey is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September.
The charity race, a five-furlong and 110-yard flat race, was held on the third day of the meet to raise funds for Wellbeing of Women.
She said ahead of the race: “It’s crazy to think of my journey over the last couple of months but a big part of my life has been proving people wrong.”
“There’s quite a stereotype around Muslim girls and them ‘not being able to follow their sporting passions and dreams’.
“I want to be a role model to anyone who wants to do something that they wouldn’t initially believe was in their comfort zone and allow people to follow their aspirations and dreams.”

Deirdre ridden to victory by Oisin Murphy
Photo: John Simpson

Earlier at the meeting, history was also made when Japanese trainer Mitsuru Hashida, saddled up Deirdre to win the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Settled off the pace by Oisin Murphy when Mehdaayih and Hermosa set a demanding gallop, the five-year-old stayed on powerfully to mark up a significant overseas win.

Jockey Oisin Murphy guided the five-year-old home to a great victory as Dettori and Mehdaayih came in second.

 

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