The Japan Racing Association is currently hosting five international jockeys for short-term licences: Christian Demuro, Ryan Moore, Damian Lane, Tom Marquand and Hollie Doyle.
Having both finished the British Flat Racing season with 91 wins each, Marquand and Doyle kicked off their riding stints on the JRA circuit in the week of the G1 Tenno Sho Autumn (2000m) in October. The 24-year-old Marquand collected two wins on his first weekend aboard the Deep Impact-sired Catulus Felis and a two-year-old Dawn Approach colt named Noisy Approach.
“Having a first win on the first day is incredible and I am very lucky. We are very honoured to be here as individuals, and to be here together is more fantastic. We are grateful for this opportunity,” said Marquand after the race. He also finished 10th in the Tenno Sho Autumn aboard Ablaze, and then ran fourth in the G1 Japan Cup (2400m) atop Daring Tact on Sunday, 27 November.
Marquand and Doyle are staying in Tokyo and drive to Miho Training Centre, the JRA training facility, on the gallop days – Wednesdays and Thursdays.