Supermodel wins Goodwood charity race

Stars were out in force at Glorious Goodwood yesterday (Thursday 31 July) for the Magnolia Cup charity race — with supermodel Edie Campbell narrowly denying eventer Tina Cook the spoils.

Edie, who won the inaugural race in 2011, received her prize from Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, who created quite the media frenzy in the paddock.

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Edie won the 6f race aboard the Ian Williams-trained See The Storm, who had also won a ladies’ race at Ascot on Saturday (26 July).

“I was more nervous than ever this year, because you know it’s frightening and scary, and you put a lot of work in to get here,” said Edie, who added the horse could be quite strong.

“If there hadn’t been a rail at the end of the pull-up I would have been in the next county!”

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Olympic medallist Tina Cook, who won a charity race in 2012 at Cheltenham, finished second on Better Balance.

“I absolutely loved it. He is a lovely horse and a real gentleman. He was fantastic going down to the start and we just kept picking them up through the race,” she said.

“We were never really going to catch Edie unfortunately, but it was a great thrill. It’s completely different to eventing and I had never ridden a Flat horse before over five or six furlongs, so it was a whole new experience.”

The race was in aid of The Reading Agency, which is dedicated to aiding reading and literacy skills, and Best Beginnings, which breaks down inequalities in child health.