Tom Marquand: is an exciting prospect
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By David Baxter 4:11PM 1 JUL 2016
TRAINER Richard Hannon has no doubt Tom Marquand can handle the step up to the professional ranks after the highly promising jockey rode out his claim earlier in the week.
Marquand’s rise through the ranks has been nothing short of stratospheric, as he only started riding in 2014.
Last year he claimed the Stobart apprentice title at the tender age of 17 with 54 winners, and in what was a whirlwind year, was nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year before heading to Australia in the winter to improve his skills and gain further experience.
The stint overseas was not lost on Marquand, as he has continued firing in winners, and success aboard Scarlet Dragon at Newbury on Thursday meant he has now ridden out his claim having hit 75 wins.
Richard Hannon has witnessed a wealth of talent pass through the yard, both as assistant to his father and also since taking over the reins, and said of Marquand: “He is a very talented rider and I can see a big future for him.”
With Richard Hughes retiring last August to take up training, there have been plenty of opportunities for Marquand to shine for Hannon, and he has made the most of his chances, with 24 of his career winners in Britain for his boss.
Hannon added: “He has always had a very level head. He works hard and keeps his weight right. He is a strong rider who I predict will make the transition to a professional with the minimum of fuss.”
Marquand has the chance to claim another Stobart apprentice crown, and he leads the way on 18 winners. Paddy Power make his 5-2 to defend his crown with Adam McNamara (11 winners) their 2-1 favourite.