LADY TA­TIANA MOUNT­BAT­TEN, 28

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Pedi­gree Pro­fes­sional dres­sage rider and tech startup founder, based in Wind­sor. Grew up in a polo-play­ing fam­ily and took her pony to school with her at Mill­field.

Previous form She has par­tic­i­pated in the 1,000km (621 miles) Mon­gol Derby en­durance race through the Mon­go­lian Steppe, the long­est horse race in the world. In con­trast, at just 1.1km (1,210 yards), the Mag­no­lia Cup is the short­est, so she’s keen to bag it. Her step­mother, Clare, Mar­chioness of Mil­ford Haven, has also com­peted in the event.

Odds Top rac­ing trainer An­drew Bald­ing (Clare’s brother) will lend her a horse for the race, so great odds... The only hic­cup? Tats took up long-dis­tance run­ning last year and has de­vel­oped bur­si­tis of the hip, so now she’s hob­bling around on crutches.

Re­marks ‘I’m the most com­pet­i­tive per­son you’ll ever meet and I ab­so­lutely want to win. Also, I was raised with horses – my dad played so much polo that I used to sit on his horse as a baby – and I’m quite fit so I’d like to say my chances are high.’

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