It’s was a big win for Khadija Mellah who has just won the Magnolia Cup in England, a women’s charity race at Goodwood. It is believed that the 18-year-old athlete became the first jockey to compete in a horse race in Britain while wearing a hijab.
An incredible story, Khadija Mellah has won the Magnolia Cup with an incredible ride on Haverland. A raucous and emotional atmosphere at Goodwood. @FellowesRacing & @olibellracing reaction says it all pic.twitter.com/HdJM5egyAs
— Goodwood Racecourse (@Goodwood_Races) August 1, 2019
The teenager from Peckham is the youngest amateur rider to have competed in this race among the 12 competitors, as she only started riding a racehorse four months ago.
“There are no words to describe this – I’m lost for words,” Mellah said told the BBC. “When I passed the post I couldn’t believe it, and then I saw all my family and friends and started crying. I am quite competitive, so I wanted to win this race, but I never expected to.
“Ambitious women can do it. That’s all I want to represent, be ambitious and do it. I had so much support and I can not wait to see more stories of women entering the industry and doing incredible things,” she told The Guardian.