Celebrities and models will take centre-stage at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday when they line up in the second running of the Magnolia Cup on Ladies’ Day in aid of charities Spinal Research and Winston’s Wish.
British model Edie Campbell, winner of the first running of the race last year, is back to defend her title aboard George Baker, however bookmakers William Hill have priced her at 7-2 second favourite - with top event rider Harriet Bond the 3-1 market-leader.
Channel 4 Racing presenter and trainer’s daughter Emma Spencer is the ex-wife of champion jockey Jamie Spencer and one of the most experienced in the saddle, having several race victories already on her CV, and will she takes the ride aboard 9-2-shot Bellevue Beauty. Spencer was heavily gambled on last year before occupying the runner-up position.
The 11-2-shot Beat The Bell is the mount of Acclaimed jewellery designer Philippa Holland, while fashion model Rosemary Ferguson rides West Leake Hare (11-1 with William Hill).
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: “Last year Edie showed she is more than just a pretty face with her prowess in the saddle proving a success. However she will have to be riding at the top of her game with accomplished event rider Harriet Bond in the mix, while Emma Spencer, who was subject to a huge gamble last year, will be gunning to make amends for her defeat”
Other famous names include Tricia Simonon – former wife of The Clash bassist Paul, Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox, AtTheRaces presenter Gina Bryce, CNN producer Alysen Miller and Talktalk head-honcho Dido Harding. They are joined by and trainer’s daughter Francesca Cumani.
Fashion with naturally will transfer to the saddle with all racing silks especially designed by famous names such as Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, Frost French, and Meg Matthews to name but a few.
Many accomplished horsewomen have taken part in the race, with Laura Bechtolsheimer – third in the race last year – competing for Great Britain in the Olympic dressage, starting tomorrow. Bechtolsheimer is 6-1 with William Hill to win the individual gold, with GB the 5-4 favourites to win the team competition.
The Magnolia Cup Glorious Goodwood Ladies’ Charity Race: 7-4 Bankroll (Photo Finish), 7-2 George Baker (George Baker), 9-2 Sunley Pride (Bellevue Beauty), 11-2 Beat The Bell (Beat The Bell), 11-1 West Leake Hare (West Leake Hare), 20-1 Dvinsky (Dvinsky), King Vahe (Watchesswitzerland), Monnoyer (Always Delivering), 25-1 Potentiale (Ridgeway Rocket), 33-1 Bengaline (Pancreatic Action), Rapid Water (Harrodian Hotshot) (EW 1/5 1,2,3).