Alice Temperley unveils her stunning silk designs for the Markel Magnolia Cup Ladies Race that takes place at Goodwood on Friday 4th August

Horse Racing | Press Article 17/04/24

July 2023: Goodwood racecourse is thrilled to unveil this year’s beautiful jockey silks, which have been created by renowned British fashion designer Alice Temperley.

Carefully selected from the Temperley archive, which spans over 20 years of fashion design, the silks incorporate some of Temperley’s most iconic prints. Each motif is hand painted and engineered to the female form, coming in multiple striking colourways that have been chosen in order to individually identify each jockey on the racecourse. A personal favourite, the Avril Print draws inspiration from the psychedelic colour palette of the late Sixties and was originally designed during lockdown – when Alice was filled with nostalgia for dancing in a field and a curiosity for what would come next! Other celebrated prints that feature on the silks draw inspiration from nature, from Agate Crystals to Animal Print – a Temperley signature look.

Alice Temperley, founder and designer of fashion label Temperley London commented; “I am thrilled to play a part in the Markel Magnolia Cup, supporting such a wonderful initiative – Education Above All. One of my great loves is horses, so it seems fitting to design bespoke Temperley silks to empower the female jockeys.”

The 2023 Markel Magnolia Cup charity race is held at Goodwood racecourse and features a field of strong, inspirational women who have set aside their day jobs to become jockeys for the occasion.

Run at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Friday 4 August, the Markel Magnolia Cup is now in its twelfth year and has raised more than £2.1m for a number of charities since its inception.

The race is run over five-and-a-half-furlongs down Goodwood’s straight in front of a crowd of around 25,000, for many of the riders this is the first time they have ever raced on an actual racecourse.

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Official hashtags: #MarkelMagnoliaCup #QGF #GoodwoodRaces

To follow the riders as they train for the Markel Magnolia Cup, please visit Goodwood Racecourse’s social media channels.


About the Markel Magnolia Cup presented by Markel

On Friday, 4 August, twelve dedicated amateur jockeys will ride in the Markel Magnolia Cup following months of intensive training.

In 2019, the race captured the eyes of the world when Khadijah Mellah galloped to glory up Goodwood’s home straight. The 18-year-old, Mellah won in spectacular style just months after sitting on a horse for the first time at the Ebony Horse Club, a club that aims to transform young lives through horses in south London’s most disadvantaged communities.

Previous jockeys have included doctors, Olympians, CEOs, journalists, students, models, and presenters, among them Edie Campbell, Sara Cox, Rosie Tapner, and Vogue Williams.

Fundraising takes place through race and horse sponsorship, as well as at the Regency Ball, a stunning themed evening held at Goodwood House after the Markel Magnolia Cup.

About Markel International

Markel International is a division of Markel Corporation, a US-based holding company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MKL). Markel International writes insurance and reinsurance business through six divisions and offices across the UK, Europe, Canada, and Asia Pacific. Markel International’s insuring entities include Syndicate 3000, Markel International Insurance Company Limited, and Markel Insurance SE.

Its UK national markets business also provides legal and professional fees insurance cover as well as legal and tax consultancy services. For more information, please visit us at

About Education Above All

The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. EAA aims to transform lives through education. We believe that education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, creating peaceful and just societies, unlocking the full potential of every child and youth, and creating the right conditions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through our multi-sectoral approach, unique financing models, focus on innovation as a tool for social good, and partnerships, we aim to bring hope and real opportunities to the lives of impoverished and marginalised boys and girls.

EAA is comprised of: Educate A Child (EAC), Al Fakhoora, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), and Innovation Development (ID).

About Education Above All’s work in Malawi

Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world with approximately 320,000 out of school primary-level children who are excluded from education due to barriers including, a lack of resources, poverty and discrimination. Girls face particular challenges.

This joint project between Education Above All’s Educate A Child (EAC) programme and CAMFED will focus on rural districts and children, where schools are chronically under-resourced and the levels of poverty and disadvantage are profound. The four-year project will support 40,000 primary-level children who are either at risk of dropping out or currently unable to access school.

About Educate A Child International

Educate a Child International is registered with the Charity Commission (charity 1160869) with a mission to ensure quality education for children who are denied this.
Our support assists out of school children at Primary level in several countries to access a quality primary education. We are also working with leading UK Universities to create fully-funded scholarships for forced migrants.

About the Qatar Goodwood Festival:

The Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the undisputed highlights of the British flat racing season.
Affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’, the world-famous five-day festival is a sporting and social occasion like no other, unrivalled style, superb racing, and hospitality experiences to savour mean it’s not to be missed.

The 2023 event takes place from Tuesday 1 August to Saturday 5 August. The week is headed by three Group 1 races, including the £500,000 Qatar Goodwood Cup, the £1 million Qatar Sussex Stakes, and the £600,000 Qatar Nassau Stakes.

Tickets, dining, and hospitality are now on sale for the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Visit or call 01243 755055 to find out more.