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Legend Krone delighted to ride

Tue, 11 September 2012

American Hall Of Fame jockey Julie Krone feels honoured to be taking part in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes at Doncaster for the second successive year.

The 49-year-old won the 2011 renewal on Invincible Hero and would appear to have sound claims once again on Richard Fahey's Sunnyside Tom.

However, Krone, who like 12 months ago is spending the first part of her trip helping out at the Northern Racing College, is expecting a tough task with Mick Kinane in opposition this time around.

Krone won plenty of new admirers on her last trip to England and her presence adds further interest to an event which has grown in strength each year.

With money raised going towards Jack Berry's initiative The House That Jack Built, a facility for injured jockeys similar to Oaksey House in Lambourn, Krone feels the least she can do is take part. And while in England, she is also excited about the possibility of meeting Frankel.

She said: "I love being in England, but it's just a shame about the weather! We had a similar race to this back home a few years ago with the likes of Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron taking part, a lot of the Hall Of Fame jockeys, and it was great for us all to get together for charity.

"Whenever you take part in something like this, you have a couple of breezes just to get the feeling of being back on a horse again, and all the training makes your muscles hurt.

"It's really worth it, though, when you see the kids faces at the Northern Racing College or when you see Jack's House. What we're doing doesn't seem such a big thing at all. To turn out in something likes this makes me feel really honoured.

"I might find it tougher to win this year what with Mick Kinane in there. I've met him a few times and we've already had a catch up. He's such a gentleman. I was asking him about what he misses most since he retired and he said it's simply riding a thoroughbred - there is no feeling like racing.

"I'm here for nine days and I'm hoping to take in a few sights. Most of all I want to get down to Newmarket to visit Sir Henry Cecil and Frankel, I really can't wait for that."