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Krone has set standard for the rest

At the very least, this summer Hayley Turner has punched two deep fissures across the glass ceiling that has hitherto constrained female riders in Britain.



As she recuperates from ankle surgery, however, the dual Group One winner will be reminded today that she remains a long way behind another pioneer for their sex.

Julie Krone, who shattered so many American prejudices with 3,704 career winners, is the most remarkable of the former riders who convene at Doncaster today for an event that sufficiently refutes any charge of gimmickry for Channel 4 viewers to wonder why they must wait until tomorrow for coverage of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting.

Those “Leger Legends” obtaining fresh distinction by riding against Krone today include some outstanding past jockeys under both codes.

Each and every one will salute the first woman to win a Triple Crown race, and the first to win at the Breeders' Cup.

At 48, this diminutive, feisty creature lends incongruous stature to a prize contested by the plainest of horses.

As it happens, Krone has drawn a mount in particularly good form in Invincible Hero.

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With its quality nowadays so loaded towards the weekend, the most prestigious race on the opening day of the Leger meeting is a listed sprint, the Scarbrough Stakes.

It is a race in which Medicean Man looks highly eligible to build on the improvement he has shown in valuable handicaps at Ascot this summer.


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