Racing's golden couple Doyle and Marquand dominate Champions Day

By: Chris Cook at Ascot Sunday 18 October 2020
  • Doyle nets first win for female rider and her debut Group One
  • Marquand triumphs in Champion Stakes and rides final victor

Champions Day turned into Tom and Hollie Day as racing’s most popular young couple proved repeatedly irresistible at the Flat season’s final fling. Tom Marquand and Hollie Doyle, boyfriend and girlfriend since their pony racing days eight years ago, rode four of the six winners here for a prize money haul of more than £1m, rounding it off in style when he landed the 20-runner Balmoral Handicap that closed the card while she chased him home on the runner-up.

Other jockeys, more familiar with the limelight, struggled for attention. Frankie Dettori, who owns the keys to this place, endured a thoroughly disappointing afternoon which started with so much promise yet yielded one third place. Nor did the ball bounce any better for Oisin Murphy or Ryan Moore, who both rode beaten favourites.

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