Welcome to our jockey profile of Jockey Tom Marquand, one of racing’s rising stars:
Name – Tom Marquand
Date of Birth – 30 March 1998
Birthplace – Cheltenham
Riding Weight – 8 stone 6lb (53.5kg)
Big Wins: St Leger, Champion Stakes, July Cup
Tom Marquand learned his trade in pony racing before joining Trainer Richard Hannon as an apprentice at the age of 16.
He rode his first winner in 2014 and became Champion Apprentice the following season with 54 winners.
His first Group race victory came aboard 40-1 shot Anna Nerium at Salisbury Racecourse in 2017.
The following year he rode more than 100 winners and gained valuable experience riding for John O’Shea in Australia.
In 2020 a return trip Down Under brought two Group 1 victories aboard the William Haggas-trained Addeybb.
He finished second in The Derby before breaking his Classic race duck aboard Galileo Chrome in the St Leger at Doncaster Racecourse.
Tom Marquand – Key Jockey Stats
Having progressed through the ranks and been Champion Apprentice in 2015, Marquand is now vying for the title of Champion Jockey with Oisin Murphy and William Buick.
Last season he recorded a personal best 136 winners and is widely regarded as a future Champion.
His strike rate was languishing at around 12% when often riding the stable second-string in his early years but that has risen sharply to around 18%.
His most successful venues statistically are Windsor Racecourse and the all-weather at Wolverhampton Racecourse.
Tom Marquand’s Big Race Wins
Tom Marquand owes much of his recent rise in the rankings to the exploits of Addeybb. The horse has progressed from Lincoln Handicap winner to four times Group 1 winner, three of those achieved in Australia. He is a two-time winner of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and won the Ranvet Stakes. He capped those victories by adding the Champion Stakes at Ascot in 2020.
Marquand’s Classic race breakthrough win was provided by Galileo Chrome in 2020, trained by Joseph O’Brien in Ireland. He was called up as a late replacement for Shane Crosse after that rider tested positive for Covid-19. It came at the end of a remarkable season for Marquand who had gone close to winning the Epsom Derby on 50-1 outsider Khalifa Sat on his first ride in the race.
Starman provided Marquand with a first July Cup success at Newmarket Racecourse in 2021. The horse had missed Royal Ascot due to the testing conditions but swept through to beat Dragon Symbol and Oxted, first past the post at the Royal meeting in the Commonwealth Cup and King’s Stand Stakes respectively.
Tom Marquand’s – Most Famous Victories
For all of Addeybb’s success in Australia, it is probably his Champion Stakes victory at Ascot that Marquand will treasure most. It was a first Group 1 win for the horse on home soil, beating a field that included Derby winner Serpentine and the brilliant mare Magical. Addeybb is at his best when the mud is flying and revelled in the soft ground to win by two and a quarter lengths from French raider Skalleti.
Galileo Chrome was a perfect illustration of why so many regard Marquand as a future Champion Jockey. He needed to be at his strongest to repel the persistent challenge of Berkshire Rocco by a neck.
Tom Marquand Rides
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Tom Marquand’s partner is none other than leading female jockey Hollie Doyle, known as racing’s “Golden Couple”.
Both of their careers are on an upward curve and they look set to be at the top of their profession for many years to come.
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