How old is Tom Marquand?
Tom Marquand was born in Cheltenham on March 30, 1998 so, at the time of writing, is 23 years old. Apprenticed to Wiltshire trainer Richard Hannon as a 16-year-old, Marquand rode just one winner – in a lowly selling stakes race at Kempton – in his inaugural season. However, his rise through the ranks was nothing short of meteoric; a little over a year after joining Hannon he was crowned champion apprentice, eventually seeing off Jack Garrity 54-52 on the final day of the 2015 season.
All told, Marquand rode 67 winners in 2015 and a further 63 in 2016, riding out his claim on Scarlet Dragon, trained by Eve Johnson Houghton, in the Pelican Handicap at Newbury on June 30, 2016. In his first season as a fully-fledged professional, he upped his tally to 86 winners, including his first Pattern race winner, Anna Nerium, trained by Hannon, in the Group 3 Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury on September 7, 2017.
Marquand has ridden over a hundred winners in every season since, achieving a personal best in 2020, with 147 winners. That year, he was ‘jocked off’ Derby second favourite English King, but made amends by finishing second on the 50/1 outsider Khalifa Sat, and won the St. Leger on Galileo Chrome, whom he picked up as a ‘chance’ ride after regular partner Shane Crosse was taken ill. So far, Marquand has six Group 1 victories to his name, four of which have been provided by Addeybb, trained by William Haggas.