Women have been making great strides in a variety of sports and horse-racing became the latest to break new ground on Ladies Day at Glorious Goodwood.
Eighteen year-old Peckham student Khadijah Mellah, became the first British Muslim rider to race in a hijab when she won the Magnolia Cup, a charity event that supports women’s causes.
Khadijah emerged from the Ebony Horse Club, a local charity and community riding centre that is sited among Brixton’s high-rise flats.
The club uses horsemanship as a means for transforming the lives of disadvantaged inner-city kids, by teaching life skills and building confidence.
Pressure mounted after an interview on ITV news drew attention to the race.
But Newmarket trainer Charlie Fellowes, who had been carefully fine tuning Khadijah’s skills during the final preparations, was blown away by her work ethic and commitment.
Despite the odds being largely against her, Khadijah said she was in it to win it and did exactly that.
Perhaps the final words should belong to Fellowes:
Khadijah's the most incredible girl I've ever met and I'm absolutely delighted for her.