Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, Vivienne Westwood, Pearl Lowe, Amanda Wakeley, Jasmine Guinness and Stella McCartney have all had a hand in designing silks for the women-only Magnolia race.
“As a kid I loved going to the races and a great part of the excitement is the colours. It is a designer’s dream,” said Jasmine.
Also donning designer silks will be Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox, who has been training at John Hills’ Lambourn yard.
“It’s going really well,” said Sara. “I leave [home] at 5am, but ironically I’m much better at getting up now than I was in my Breakfast Show days.
“The lads at the yard are the best – there’s good banter. But once we get up to the gallops, it’s serious stuff. They’ve given me loads of confidence and are so encouraging.”
Sara, who also took part in the TV programme Only Fools On Horses, in which Tim Stockdale taught celebrities to showjump, came ninth in last year’s race. “I’ve done showjumping and racing, I’d love to try polo next,” she added.
Model Rosemary Ferguson, jeweller Philippa Holland and Channel 4 Racing’s Emma Spencer will also be riding. The race is in aid of Spinal Research and children’s charity Winston’s Wish.
This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (26 July 2012)