Goodwood's Magnolia Cup nets amazing total of £230,000 for charity

The 2021 running of the prestigious Magnolia Cup at Glorious Goodwood has raised a phenomenal £230,000 for UK charity Smart Works.

Monday, 18th October 2021, 4:07 pm
Updated Monday, 18th October 2021, 4:08 pm
The 2021 Magnolia Cup riders / Picture: Goodwood Racecourse

This marks a new fundraising milestone for the annual charity race conceived a decade ago and run on Ladies’ Day at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in July.

The first dead heat in the history of the race was achieved when Candida Crawford and Thea Gosden-Hood galloped to shared glory, with the judge unable to split the pair at the finish.

This year’s total means the race - sponsored for the first time in 2021 by insurance company Markel -has now raised over £1.8m for charitable causes since its inception. Goodwood is indebted to the title sponsor Markel, alongside all the brave, courageous women riding, Bella Freud - who designed the silks, the horse sponsors, trainers and owners who have supported the race.

Smart Works assist unemployed women in harnessing their confidence ahead of a job interview, providing high-quality interview clothes and training, meaning women are equipped with the practical tools needed to help them get a job and subsequently transform their lives and, often, those of their families.

Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works, commented: “It was an honour to partner with Goodwood Racecourse for their renowned charity event, the Magnolia Cup presented by Markel. We’re thrilled that this partnership has raised a record-breaking £230,000 to support unemployed women at a time when this could not be more needed or relevant.

“We are truly grateful to Goodwood, The Duke and Duchess of Richmond, and the sponsors, trainers, and owners who made this possible. Not to mention the jockeys whose dedication, resilience, and determination were inspirational to all of us. This incredible result will help us help over 5,000 women this year, transforming the lives of women and the families they support. Thank you from everyone in the Smart Works community.”

Simon Wilson, president of Markel International, commented: “We are so proud to be a part of the Magnolia Cup presented by Markel. The support that Smart Works give to women across the UK is critical. We are thrilled that we have been able to play a part in providing important funds so their work can continue.”

The 11th Magnolia Cup, presented by Markel, will take place on Ladies’ Day at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in 2022, which falls on Thursday July 28.