BRS Graduate Tom Marquand is crowned All Weather Hands and Heels Champion
17th Mar 2015 | News
It was the last race on the renowned Winter Derby Day. With Tom’s closest rival Rob Hornby not having a mount in the race, it left him in a clear lead.
Sixteen year old Tom has ridden 8 winners so far this year 3 of those being Hands and Heels Series races but on Saturday his winning streak came to an end as his mount, The Yank failed to perform on the day. Despite not winning the final race, Tom was successful in winning the Series and was presented a trophy by multiple group 1 winning ex-jockey Jason Weaver. He also received a prize of £1000 to put towards his riding career.
The final race was won by Eddy Greatrex who has had 4 rides and 2 winners since taking out his Apprentice licence in January of this year. He rode Dumbfounded for trainer Graham Mays.
Richard Perham, Senior Jockey Coach for The British Racing School said “This is a huge achievement for a young jockey who has only be licenced for 4 months. Throughout the series Tom has shown not only a professional approach to racing but also a strong technique in riding a finish which is the most important attribute to hands and heels races.
I think it’s fair to say that this was a really strong series with riders such as Rob Hornby, Hector Crouch and Ed Greatrex who all conducted themselves admirably, this is proof that the Racing Excellence series of races are an important part in the development of young jockeys and the professional approach that is needed to succeed.”