World's greatest female jockey takes Legends win
Report: Doncaster, Wednesday
Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes (1m)
THERE'S no doubt the word legend is cast about a little too often in the sporting world but it was the genuine article who took the second Leger Legends race as Julie Krone - the most successful female jockey of all time - romped to victory on Invincible Hero.
Krone racked up 3,704 winners in a stunning career in the United States and turned down an offer to star in reality TV show Survivor in order to ride in this year's race - and notch her 3,705th career win.
While the victory was not quite of the same magnitude as the feat for which she is best remembered - winning the 1993 Belmont on Colonial Affair, becoming the first and so far only woman to win a US Triple Crown race - Krone was thrilled with the victory and delighted to help raise money for the two causes associated with the race, the Injured Jockeys' Fund rehabilitation centre in Malton and the Northern Racing College.
"I had lots of horse under me going to post and he seemed to love the going. He was very strong and I could just let him go," said a breathless Krone.
"The whole reason to be here is amazing and it's a really good raceday."
The Racing Post's very own representative in the race - Tom O'Ryan - may have been mischievously misled about the race distance, as he set off at a thunderous pace on the fancied Talent Scout.
If there were shades of Frankel in Talent Scout's first half mile, the second was more Frank Gallagher from Shameless, as Talent Scout and O'Ryan dropped rapidly through the field and were soon left a well-detached last.
Meanwhile, Julie Krone and Invincible Hero struck the front with a promising looking run. This was Krone's second time riding in Britain - she won three from five rides at a Redcar meeting in 1992 - and she was evidently keen to continue where she left off.
The most pressing challenge to Krone came from last year's winner of the Leger Legends, Charlie Swan, who came with a run on Skyfire.
He couldn't get on terms with Invincible Hero, however, and Krone crossed the line in first to record another success in a remarkable riding career.
"I was well beaten, I think," admitted Swan. "It was great race though and great fun."
O'Ryan, regrettably, came home in last, which was at least good news for one rival - Jamie Osborne, last year's wooden spoon winner, who was spared the ignominy of repeating the feat as he came home three lengths ahead of O'Ryan's mount.