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16 May 2023

Magnolia Cup announce new beneficiary charity and 2023 riders

Goodwood Racecourse have announced the charity Education Above All as their charity partner for the 2023 edition of the Markel Magnolia Cup.

In it’s 12th year, the Markel Magnolia Cup will take place during the Qatar Goodwood Festival, on Friday, 4th August. Since its inception the annual event has raised an incredible £2.1 million for different charities and in 2022 achieved the record breaking total of £324,000 for The Brilliant Breakfast.

This year the race will be supporting Education Above All’s Educate a Child programme. All net proceeds will go to the charity in Malawi that provides education and support for girls at risk of dropping out of primary education. The Educate a Child programme aims to empower thousands of girls who face barriers preventing them from accessing and continuing with education. The initiative is centered on mentoring and local leadership allowing the girls to benefit from sexual health education, wellbeing sessions, life skills and intensive out of school support for those facing heightened issues and those needing psychosocial support.

Al Jazi Hasan, International Engagement Manager at EAA said: “We are honoured that Goodwood has chosen us as the beneficiary of the Markel Magnolia Cup. Collaborating at such an exciting event in the British horseracing calendar allows all involved to continue the important work of providing quality education for all children, which EAA continues to do through its projects around the world. In the UK, we work closely with Educate A Child International.”

The race was initiated  to tackle boundaries faced by women within the industry, and to raise issues surrounding female wellbeing and health. This year women from a variety of different backgrounds will line up for the 5 and a half furlong race down Goodwood’s iconic straight.

The full list of riders is:

Caroline Miller – 72-year-old, racing enthusiast and supporter of rehoming of racehorses

Dr. Laura Toogood – Digital expert, businesswoman, media commentator and author

Eliza McCalmont – Work rider for George Scott

Emma Russell – Jewellery Designer

Lyn Comerford – Director of Strategy and Operation at Markel

Maryam Al Jaber – State Lawyer in Qatar and the first Qatari female trainer of Camels

Milica Dusanovic – Civil Servant and Naval Reserve Officer

Olivia Bowen – Television Personality

Olivia Kennedy – Owner of cleaning business, single mother and member of Cool Ridings

Roya Nikkhah – Royal Editor for The Sunday Times, journalist and broadcaster

Saffron Oliver – E-commerce and development for family business Tayto Crisps

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