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A field of high-profile ladies has been announced for the third renewal of Glorious Goodwood’s charity race, the Magnolia Cup (1 August).

Jewellery designer Philippa Holland will bid to defend last year’s win in the Ladies Day race, in which jockeys wear bespoke silks created by top fashion designers.

It’s a lot of fun, but definitely competitive,” said Philippa, who hunts side saddle with the Quorn and Cattistock. “I’ll be riding one of Tom Dascombe’s horses, where I’m riding out a lot to get my muscles used to riding short.”

But the opposition is fierce. Supermodel and polo player Jodie Kidd, Channel 4 Racing’s Gina Bryce and Emma Spencer, tennis wife and amateur event rider Lucy Henman will line up, as well as Tricia Simonon, Sunday Times Magazine columnist Krissi Murison and businesswomen Maggie Buggie and Dido Harding.

The celebrity jockeys will sport silks created by designers including Vivienne Westwood, Sarah Burton and Bella Freud.

Proceeds go to breast cancer charity The Haven and Best Beginnings, which works to help end child health inequality in the UK.

“The money raised will go towards setting up a new breast cancer support centre in Wessex,” said The Haven’s chief executive Pamela Healy. MT

Tickets from £15-£37. To book, visit: www.goodwood.co.uk or tel: 01243 755055

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (11 July, 2013)