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Glorious Goodwood: Women novices to race in Magnolia Cup

Published 0701 GMT (1501 HKT) July 28, 2016
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Each year the Magnolia Cup features women from a range of business backgrounds, with little to no experience of horse racing. Pictured is the 2012 lineup at the Glorious Goodwood festival. David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment/EMPICS Entertainment
The charity race opens the festival's Ladies' Day, with the competitors racing in front of 40,000 spectators. Magnolia Cup
British model Edie Campbell receives the winner's trophy from film star Tom Cruise in 2014. Matt Sills
The Magnolia Cup competitors must embark on a grueling six-month training schedule to be ready for the race. Magnolia Cup
Hayley Turner, Britain's most successful female jockey, has been helping the women as a race ambassador. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
The 10 riders in the 2015 race -- won by sports performance consultant Camilla Henderson -- show off their jockey silks, specially designed by top names such as Vivienne Westwood. Magnolia Cup
TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding (right) finished second in 2015 and has ridden in all but one staging of the Magnolia Cup. Harvey Nichols group marketing and creative director Shadi Halliwell (left) made her debut last year. Tristan Fewings/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival
The women are following a similar path to that of Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who raced at this year's Cheltenham Festival after taking up horse riding for the first time in March 2015. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images