Tom Marquand – Jockey Profile

Jockey
Tom Marquand
License: Flat & Jumps
Date of Birth:
1999
Based:
Marlborough, United Kingdom
License:
Flat Racing
Notable Horses:
Jodies Jem, Sterling Silva, Toriano, Intermittent
Titles Awarded:
Champion Apprentice
Biggest Wins:
  • Caufield Australia (Tashbee) – Jan 09, 2016
  • Casino Maiden Fillies Stakes (Intermittent) – March 24, 2016
  • Symposiums Novice Stakes (Sterling Silva) – April 08, 2016

About Tom Marquand

Tom Marquand Jockey Profile

Tom Marquand – Jockey

At just 17 years of age young Tom Marquand burst onto the British racing scene in no uncertain fashion in 2015, storming to the champion apprentice title in a manner that suggested he would be a surefire star of the future.

With 54 winners through the somewhat truncated British championship season, Marquand got the better of a titanic struggle with another rising star, Jack Garritty, to land the spoils in only his second season in the saddle. The Gloucestershire-born youngster was well supported by the powerful Richard Hannon yard at Marlborough in Wiltshire, but Garritty also received plenty of riders, primarily for his boss, Richard Fahey.

With his rapid rise to fame, Marquand was the boy who set tongues wagging in 2015, and granted good health and a dash of good luck-in-running to go with [1]. He appears to be on his way to being one of the big names of horseracing.

Well presented, well spoken, and polite, Marquand has shown a tactical riding brain mature beyond his years, and has cited the now-retired former British champion jockey Richard Hughes as his greatest inspiration to date.

A measure of just how far Marquand has come in such a short period of time is that in 2014 he had just 14 rides and managed 1 winner, while in 2015 he had 602 rides and bagged 67 winners during the calendar year.

Jockey for the Legendary Hughes?

Tom Marquand Apprentice Jockey 2015 Award

Tom Marquand Wins the 2015 Stobart Champion Apprentice Jockey Award

Working at the Hannon yard – where Hughes was for so many years the No.1 jockey – Marquand saw up close just how one of the best jockeys in the world conducts himself, rides his races, works, and presents himself on the racetrack.

He certainly appears to have learned quickly, and with Hughes now turning his hand to training there is every chance that Marquand could pick up rides from his former riding hero, as well as from Hannon and the many other trainers who have been keen to make use of the jockey’s allowance.

That allowance, of course, will soon be reduced and eventually disappear, and it is only then that we will know if Marquand does indeed have all it takes to cut it in one of the most competitive riding environments in the world.

Many young star apprentices have fizzled out into obscurity once faced with riding on equal terms with their senior peers, so the proof will very much be in the pudding.

During the 2016 term Marquand will continue his association with Richard Hannon jnr for whom he has had the most rides to date, although his strike rate for the yard is only 9%.

This is due to him often riding second or third-string horses in races, or riding in competitive handicaps where his allowance was a big factor in him being booked to ride.

Stats and Form

From a strike rate point of  view, last season saw Marquand achieve an excellent 31% win ratio on horses trained by Tony Carroll, 30% for Richard Price, 28% for David Evans, 20% for Roger Charlton and 17% for Phil McBride.

On turf he has a fine 29% strike rate at both Chepstow and Bath, and 23% at Sandown, while his 33% strike ratio on Southwell’s all-weather track is also an eyecatcher [2].

Those that have followed the sport for decades appear to have little doubt that Marquand, who spent the winter riding in Australia and received a number of rave reviews along the way, is going to be around for many years to come and could potentially rise to the very top of the tree before too long.

References:

[1] bbc.com, Teenage jockey Tom Marquand, 2015

[2] racingpost.com, Jockey Marquand Stats and Form , 2016