Tom Marquand’s rise in the jockey ranks has been meteoric. The 19 year-old rode his first ever winner on the 17th December 2014 and a mere 10 months later was crowned Stobart Champion Apprentice. Over the 10 months Tom scored a total of 54 winners, securing the title from fellow apprentice Jack Garrity and following in the steps of the brilliant Ryan Moore, Frankie Dettori and Paul Hanagan as Champion Apprentice.
Based at Classic winning trainer Richard Hannon’s yard, Tom’s career went from strength to strength in 2015. Having started the year by claiming the All Weather Hands and Heels Champion Title, he went on to ride 67 winners in the calendar year at a strike rate of 11% whilst accumulating over £450,000 in prize money.
Tom’s remarkable achievements in 2015 did not go unnoticed and he was selected as one of three finalists for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. Past winners include true sporting greats such as Wayne Rooney, Tom Daley and Andy Murray.
Tom spent the beginning of 2016 in Australia where he enjoyed a successful spell riding for David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, winning on his first start on board the Shadwell colt Tashbeeh. Further success down under came when Tom rode Tashbeeh to a second win at Flemington after a closely fought run-in with legendary Australian jockey Damien Oliver, leaving him with 2 wins from 9 rides during his month abroad.