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Jockey hoping to break down barriers as first to wear hijab

Khadijah Mellah is currently training in Newmarket Credit: ITV News Anglia

A jockey training in Newmarket is hoping to break down barriers as she becomes the first to ride wearing a hijab.

Khadijah Mellah will take part in the Glorious Goodwood festival and she only sat on a racehorse for the first time two months ago.

"I feel like a lot of the people I've bumped into during my journey that I've some how kind of enlightened them a little bit about what can be achieved by literally anyone.

I'm thrilled to be part of this shift and phase in social understanding and the idea that there are women out there that they can do it and be good at what they are doing, there would be a fair few guys out there that would have struggled with what I am doing."

– Khadijah Mellah
Khadijah Mellah riding in Newmarket Credit: ITV News Anglia

For the last five years Khadijah has attended the Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, a community centre to encourage people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get involved with everything horse related.

She's currently training at the British School of Racing in Newmarket.

Khadijah Mellah Credit: ITV News Anglia