CATCHING CRUISE: “I need a shower,” declared Edie Campbell, second-time winner of the Magnolia Cup during the annual Ladies’ Day horse races at Goodwood in West Sussex, England on Thursday. “It was amazing — the best fun I’ve ever had. My legs were still really wobbly after the race. A dramatic fall into the arms of Tom Cruise would not have been cool,” said the model, who was wearing bespoke rose-printed Vivienne Westwood jockey silks.
Cruise made a surprise appearance at the event, which takes place on the Goodwood countryside estate near Chichester. The actor arrived by private helicopter at Goodwood House for a private lunch, and later made his way to the horse racing grounds, where he presented Campbell with the Magnolia Cup trophy. Campbell had also won the inaugural race in 2011.
Cruise, who is in London shooting a “Mission Impossible” film, was a guest of Goodwood’s owners, the Earl and Countess of March and Kinrara. The Band of the Yorkshire Regiment welcomed the actor, playing the “Mission Impossible” theme song as he entered the grounds.
The Magnolia Cup is a celebrity ladies’ charity race sponsored by jeweler Theo Fennell, who designed prizes for the winner, horse trainer and owner. Campbell, the Ladies’ Day ambassador, joined the jewelry designer Philippa Holland and other riders who were dressed in silks designed by Sarah Burton, Westwood, Bella Freud, Kate Halfpenny and Beulah. Having raised more than 8,000 pounds, or $13,517, already, Campbell is close to reaching her target of 10,000 pounds, or $16,830, for the literacy charity Reading Agency.
“He’s been so nice with everybody, and he’s been having his photograph taken — yeah! — spreading the word about the charity,” said Fennell, referring to Cruise.
Westwood said in a statement that the design team used one of the archive prints for Campbell’s silks. It’s called Vivienne Westwood Colored Roses, and is inspired by an English country garden. “It’s perfect for this traditional race day,” the company said.