Charity horse race wins Caribbean sponsorship

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A CHARITY horse race has won sponsorship from a Barbados restaurant.

The sixth running of the Magnolia Cup, due to take place tomorrow at Goodwood, has been supported by HUGOS Restaurant, Barbados.

The charity race, which is supporting Best Beginnings and World Vision, is for lady riders with little or no experience of racing.

Women from business, such as Bank of England COO Charlotte Hogg and TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding, fashion and media, such as milliner Emily Baxendale, The Spectator’s Camilla Swift and S Magazine’s Victoria Gray, will race over the 5.5 furlong course.

They will wear bespoke silks created by high-profile designers such as Vivienne Westwood, ME+EM, Liberty and Amanda Wakeley.

HUGOS Restaurant is due to open soon and will house historic items from the Ivy restaurant in London and the late Lord Glenconner’s home in Mustique.

The restaurant takes its name from Hugo, the grandson of Andy Stewart, a supporter of the Magnolia Cup whose ASCF charitable foundation is also sponsoring one of the horses.