Britain's first female Muslim jockey inspired by Duchess of Sussex and Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain


Despite her two idols receiving heavy amounts of criticism, Khadijah said that she has not been the target of nasty online comments or trolling.

“Everything so far has been really positive for me,” she said.

The chance to compete in this year’s race is a lifelong dream of Khadijah’s, who developed an obsession with horses from the age of five. 

It was not until her mother picked up a leaflet at their local mosque for the Ebony Horse Club in Brixton four years later that she was able to learn how to ride. 

The Duchess of Cornwall has been president of the Club since April 2009.

“I met the Duchess of Cornwall two weeks ago at a reception at Clarence House,” Khadijah said. “She was very lovely and told me that she had heard about today’s race and that she would be keeping an eye out for how I get on. I was so surprised. It was amazing that she had heard about me. 

“And her genuine love for horses was a mutual subject that we saw see eye to eye on. She loves the club and supporting it. 

“She said she was happy that I have made it this far and to see me racing. She also wished me good luck.”

Khadijah is also taking part in a documentary, Riding a Dream, directed by Mattia Reiniger and Tom Bolwell. It is being produced by ITV Racing’s Oli Bell and his brother Philip Bell, and funded by Great British Racing, Goodwood Racecourse and The Racing Foundation.


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