Marquand reaches century of winners at Haydock

Tom Marquand reached 100 winners for the Flat season with victory aboard Holbache at Haydock on Friday.

Marquand, who sits in third place behind title-holder Oisin Murphy and William Buick in the race to be champion, was delighted to reach the landmark in a successful campaign that has seen him win his first domestic Classic on Galileo Chrome in the St Leger.

“It’s been pretty mad. Obviously it’s been a strange year,” he told Racing TV.

“Last year I finished the championship on 90 and that was starting from the Guineas so, relatively speaking, going into Champions Day getting to 100 has bettered last year by a good way.

“We’ve still got another month to the championship, so hopefully there’s a few more to be had.”

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Holbache looked a reformed customer after being tricky earlier in the year when he crashed through the rails at Windsor with Marquand aboard.

Successful at Chepstow last month, Tony Carroll’s youngster put his best foot forward to make all the running in the Join Racing TV Now Nursery Handicap and hold Prospect by a neck at odds of 4-1.

“He was a bit of a tricky customer before. I probably found the wrong end of him at Windsor when I cantered to the start going pretty quickly,” he said.

“Tony has done a great job with him, straightening him out. He won at Chepstow and he’s won again, so he’s certainly on the right path.”

Brentford Hope got back on track with a cosy victory under top weight in the Get Daily Tips At racingtv.com Handicap.

The Richard Hughes-trained three-year-old had not lived up to expectations in three starts this term, following an impressive debut success at Newmarket last October on his sole start as a juvenile.

However, the son of Camelot redeemed himself on his second outing since being gelded with a cheeky success in the hands of Jamie Spencer.

The 9-4 favourite toyed with the opposition before going on in the closing stages to score by three-quarters of a length from Mascat.

“He was a bit more focused today. He travelled strongly even though I was sat up in third. At any stage of the race, I could have gone and taken the leader on,” Spencer told Racing TV.

“The ground is important to him, but you’d have to be impressed with that.

“Richard has been very complimentary about his work. At home he says you can work him with five/six furlong horses and have no problem laying up with them.

“Obviously you have his pedigree as a guide – he’s out of a mile-and-a-half winner (and) by Camelot, so you’d have thought two miles, not one mile.

“It’s only a guide. The animal is a lot quicker than you’d give him credit for.

“He’s always been quite a good horse – and since he’s been gelded, he’s been a lot more relaxed. Hopefully he’ll be a nice horse for next year.”

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