Khadijah Mellah, an 18 year old student from Peckham in South London, is all set for the race of her life when she competes in the Magnolia Cup at Goodwood racecourse tomorrow, Thursday 1August. She will line up against Olympian Victoria Pendleton and model Vogue Williams for the biggest day in her sporting life.
Khadijah, from Peckham, learnt to ride at the charity Ebony Horse Club in Brixton but only sat on a racehorse for the first time in April.
Khadijah told the Brixton Blog back in June during training: “I am super-duper excited about riding in the Magnolia Cup.” She has ridden at the racing yards of Chris Wall and Simon Dow. “It was a great experience seeing how different racehorses are,” she added.
Her journey from South East London to the famous Goodwood racecourse where she will compete in the ladies only charity horse race, the Magnolia Cup, will be the subject of a documentary called Riding a Dream which will air in the autumn.
The film is being directed by Tom Bolwell and Mattia Reiniger and produced by Oli Bell and his brother Philip Bell.
The documentary team will follow Khadijah’s training regime and her journey from Brixton to Goodwood, one of the most famous racecourses in the UK. Goodwood, Great British Racing and the Racing Foundation are funding the documentary.