Glorious Goodwood: Marquand excited to ride 1000 Guineas heroine Billesdon Brook
TOM MARQUAND believesÂ Billesdon BrookÂ gives him a '˜live chance'Â of riding aÂ maiden Group OneÂ winner in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The 20-year-old partners this year's 1000 Guineas heroine in the Â£600,000 feature race today (3.35pm).Â
MarquandÂ takes the reins on the Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old in the 1m 2fÂ contest,Â which forms part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, as usual rider, Sean Levey, is on the sidelines because ofÂ a shoulder injury.
Billesdon Brook meets five rivals, including Lockinge Stakes winnerÂ Rhododendron.
And the 2015 champion apprentice feels theÂ daughter ofÂ Champs Elysees has a solid chance of landing the Nassau.
Marquand said: '˜I've not really gone into a Group OneÂ with a proper, live chance like this before. I've ridden in seven or eight Group Ones and they certainly ride different.
'˜They are extremely competitive and nobody gets an inch, and there's good reason because it's the best horses going into the best races. Ultimately, it's not just the fact that you are winning a Group OneÂ but everything that comes from winning one. It's what everybody is focused on.
'˜Billesdon Brook has always been a lovely, straightforward filly and is the sort of horse that you turn up for every day to try toÂ get the ride on.Â
'˜At Goodwood, and over a mile and a quarter, she's going to have even more speed up her sleeve.'