۲۵ آذر ۱۳۹۸ |۱۹ ربیع‌الثانی ۱۴۴۱ | Dec 16, 2019
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Khadijah Mellah, 18, from Peckham in South London, will compete alongside the likes of Victoria Pendleton as she takes part in the Magnolia Cup

Hawzah News Agency (London, UK) - A teenager will become the first female British Muslim jockey when she rides at Goodwood races tomorrow. 

 Khadijah Mellah, 18, from Peckham in South London, will compete alongside the likes of Victoria Pendleton as she takes part in the Magnolia Cup, a ladies-only charity race.

 The teenage jockey, who has just completed her A-levels, and is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September, started to ride horses at the age of 10.

 At the age of 12, Khadijah was then accepted into a charity horse riding club in Brixton - called Ebony, where the Duchess of Cornwall is president, after two years on the waiting list.

 More impressive is that up until April this year the jockey had never even sat on a racehorse. Becoming a competent rider at the club, riding ponies, Ebony's manager convinced her to start training for Goodwood after her A'levels.  

 Claiming she wants to be a role model for young girls she said: 'There's quite a stereotype around Muslim girls and them 'not being able to follow their sporting passions and dreams'.'   

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