Girl power already in evidence in Victoria Cup.
FIVE GO FOR GLORY WHAT better day for Ascot to be joining the Silk Series, the programme of races designed to 'celebrate and promote the achievements of both professional and amateur female jockeys riding in Britain'? Today's new finale is the first of 15 races in the third staging of the innovative scheme but what used to be called 'girl power' has already had a marked effect on this card.
The feature Tote Victoria Cup (4.00) has been won by a woman for the last two years, namely Josephine Gordon on Fastnet Tempest and then Hayley Turner (right) on Ripp Orf.
And that pair are among no fewer than five female riders bidding to make it a hat-trick this afternoon.
Turner is reunited with Ripp Orf and the pair have every chance of doing it again according to in-form tipster Paul Kealy (see page 21), who fancies him and warns: "Ascot is where he really seems to come alive."
Nicola Currie rides Raising Sand, who got the better of Ripp Orf here in the autumn, while Gordon partners Taurean Star and Hollie Doyle is on Caeso.
Apprentice Jane Elliott - fresh from a Chester double yesterday - completes the quintet, claiming 3lb off Nicholas T, whose trainer Jim Goldie claimed this prize with Hawkeyethenoo in 2011.