Khadijah Mellah: Pioneering jockey evokes new racing academy

Riding A Dream Academy

Pioneering jockey Khadijah Mellah says she hopes a new riding academy inspired by her historic success will help “change the narrative” in horse racing.

The Riding A Dream Academy, named after a film about her story, aims to help young people from under-represented urban areas pursue a career in racing.

“I’m nothing but proud and excited for the future,” she told BBC Sport.

“This is a catalyst to help diversity and change the narrative.”

In its pilot year, the project will run two programmes for aspiring riders aged 14 to 18.

The Khadijah Mellah Scholarship will see eight talented riders take part in a year-long programme.

Students will spend a week at the British Racing School in Newmarket, followed by 11 weekend sessions with a mentor and work experience at a top trainer’s yard. They will also take part in pony races and study for a horse racing industry qualification.

There will also be a separate residential week, which will act as an introduction to the sport for less experienced…