Njord adds to Marquand's big day in the Balmoral Handicap

Njord adds to Marquand's big day in the Balmoral Handicap

The concluding contest on British Champions Day, the Balmoral Handicap, saw Tom Marquand finish a riding double as he guided Njord to a comfortable win for Irish trainer Jessica Harrington.

"Success makes everything feel a bit easier and I guess, as many sportspeople will tell you, confidence is the key to having more success. I guess that is probably a prime example of it," Marquand said following Njord's win.

Njord's success meant that British Champions Day finished with two wins apiece for Marqund and his girlfriend, jockey Hollie Doyle.

The winning couple spoke together after the last race:

"It was an incredible day for us both, Doyle said. "It was great for Archie [Watson] to bag a first G1 winner, and it was a first G1 for me as well. On paper it was a very good book of rides, but Tom kept saying everything has got a chance, it's whether you get a bit of luck or not, and luckily, we both did.

"Tom was pretty laidback in the car this morning - it was a normal day for him. I'm a bit more of a form guru and a bit more tense than him, but we don't really talk about it that much."

When asked about their life off of the track Doyle added, "We live a pretty normal lifestyle outside racing, which probably surprises everyone."

"She was recognised by a taxi driver the other day! But we pass as children normally," Marquand said.

The happy couple will be eating well after their huge day.

"I have booked a place up the road for us for dinner tonight, Marquand exclaimed. "I hope it's alright!"

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