By Duane Fonseca
Hayley Turner made history by becoming only the second woman to ride a Royal Ascot winner when claiming the Listed Sandringham Stakes aboard Thanks Be.
Turner follows Gay Kelleway into the record books as the only two women to ride winners at the royal meeting, the latter making headlines 32 years ago when winning the 1987 Queen Alexandra Stakes on Sprowston Boy.
Trained by Charlie Fellowes, Thanks Be, under Turner, was a neck ahead of Magnetic Charm at the post with Hotsy Totsy a further length and a quarter back in third.
Turner said: “Gay Kelleway’s obviously the first and great respect to her, but it’s nice the girls’ changing rooms are full now.
“It was only a matter of time. It’s a great winner for Charlie Fellowes as well.
“She’s had eight stone so I missed my tea and breakfast but it was certainly worth it.
“I’m enjoying it more than ever now. I went into the weighing room today and there’s like five girls there. We know each other really well, we’re racing every day, they’re always there and it’s great to have a bit of fun with them.
“The standard of girl jockeys has risen so much since I started and they keep me competitive.”