Documentary on Khadijah Mellah historic Magnolia Cup success coming Saturday

Khadijah Mellah made history by becoming the first female British Muslim jockey in the UK to win a race when landing the Magnolia Cup charity race on day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival in dramatic style.

Khadijah, 18 years old learnt to ride at Brixton’s Ebony Horse Club beat model Vogue Williams, Olympian Victoria Pendleton and nine other riders in the race. The documentary team has been tracing her journey from the very start right through to her momentous victory at one of the world’s most famous racecourses. Khadijah, who has just finished her A-Levels and is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September, learnt to ride at the charity Ebony Horse Club in Brixton but only sat on a racehorse for the first time in April.

Having learnt to ride at Ebony Horse Club she has been riding ridden out at Charlie Fellow’s yard in Newmarket as well as Chris Wall’s yard also in Newmarket and Simon Dow’s stables in Epsom earlier in the year.

There have been many challenges in her preparation such as fasting during Ramadan as well as balancing a gruelling training regime with her A-Levels but Khadijah has come through with flying colours. ITV Racing’s Oli Bell said “the improvement Khadijah has shown has been truly remarkable.”

Her journey from South East London to one of the most famous racecourses in the world where she won the ladies only charity horse race, the Magnolia Cup, will be the subject of a documentary called ‘Riding a Dream’ which will air Saturday 2nd November at 12:15pm on ITV1.

The trailer for the upcoming documentary can be viewed on our video wall

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