Marquand excited by Rosehill mounts

Leading jockey making the most of spell Down Under.

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Tom Marquand has a strong hand at Rosehill on Saturday as he chases more Australian Group-race glory.

The rider scored on both Addeybb and Young Rascal for William Haggas at the track last Saturday and this weekend rides for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace team in both the feature Tancred Stakes, on Southern France, and the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes aboard Fascino.

He said: “I jumped on Fascino the other morning when I rode Southern France. From that she looks an extremely relaxed and straightforward filly.

“She is proven at Group Two level and it was a pretty good run on her last start.

“This is a new distance and it is the furthest she has gone as she hasn’t been beyond a mile, which was another good reason to sit on her before the race as it helped me show if she would be the sort of filly to get the trip.

“If we can find a good rhythm and get her relaxed, she should see out the trip. If there is one to put it up to the likes of Funstar, it could be her.”

Marquand will be aboard ex-Aidan O’Brien runner Mount Tabora in the Group Three Iron Jack Neville Selwood, with the four-year-old now handled by Peter and Paul Snowden.

He said: “He ran well last time and has been gelded since that run. The winner of that race has come out and run well since, so the form is backed up.

“He ran well over a mile at Caulfield, so this mile-and-a-quarter trip here should be spot on. Coming from Aidan O’Brien’s, they are usually pretty tough, which is always a help.”

Oceanex is Marquand’s ride in the Jim Beam Emancipation Stakes after she was well beaten last time.

He said: “I’ve never ridden for Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior, so it is nice to get a ride for them.

“She came back on heavy ground in a Group One, which is a hard thing to do. There will be a big of dig in the ground, but not too much, and hopefully that run last time can bring her back to her peak.

“The trip is probably a bit sharper than ideal as she has won over a mile and a quarter, but it looks the right sort of race for her.

“I’ve got a good draw in stall eight, while there is a bit of speed in the race with Sweet Deal in there, so hopefully that will make it enough of a test of stamina.”

Jason Coyle’s Sirmaze is another outsider for Marquand in the TAB Tulloch Stakes.

He said: “It is not the strongest Group Two and could easily be a Group Three. He has run some good races in defeat, but he has been set some stiff tasks and finished midfield in a couple of those.

“His last run was in a handicap and he got beat, so he will have to step up a hell of a lot from that effort, but Jason’s horses are running well and it always helps when a stable is in form.”

Marquand was thrilled to secure his first Group One on Addeybb last week and admits he feels fortunate to be riding in Australia, given British action is suspended until at least the end of April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “It was a massive day and it was great to be aboard both of them. Mr Haggas could have easily booked any number of top Australian jockeys for these rides and I was honoured to ride them and get my first ever Group One.

“It was great for a plan like that to come off.

“With everything going back on in England, I think the win meant that bit more as I’m lucky to still be riding given the circumstances. It would be great now if I could get another Group One this weekend.”

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