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Marquand All Class in the Face of Adversity

Friday, 26th June 2020

You’re at the top of your game, a champion English apprentice, and you’ve made the long trip to Australia where you’ve quickly gained a big following in a short time, also claiming two Group 1 victories. After heading back to the UK where you find yourself again in strong demand, you land up riding a colt called English King who, overnight, becomes favourite for the Gr1 Epsom Derby, displacing 2,000 Guineas hero Kameko at the top of the boards. Flushed with success, you’re enjoying a Leonardo di Caprio “I’m the King of the World!” Titanic moment. And then you get the phone call – the one you’d hoped would never come just when, as a 22-year-old, you have a genuine shot at making history. “Sorry Tom, the owner wants Frankie Dettori to ride English King.” Instead of throwing a wobbly and tossing the teddy with the rest of the toys from his cot, Tom Marquand reacts with grace and maturity that belies his years. It’s pure class. Watch for yourself…

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