Champions Day 2020: Addeybb powers to Ascot triumph – as it happenedSunday 18 October 2020
Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand took the spoils with three big victories on Champions Day at Ascot
It wasn’t about the horses this year at Ascot on Champions Day. There was only one story at the end-of-season Flat-racing championships and the big headline was the continuing one about the oft-described racing’s ‘golden couple’, Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand. Doyle started the day with a quick double, breaking new ground when becoming the first female rider to have a winner on Champions Day. She bettered that half an hour later when she collected her first Group One prize. Not to be outdone, Marquand won the big pot of the day in the Champion Stakes and ended with the final winner on a day which will live long in the memory. Marquand, who started the year earning plaudits for his string of successes in Australia, could hardly have imagined that by the end of 2020 he would be overshadowed by his partner. That’s the case for now – Doyle is as short as 12-1 for Sports Personality of the Year – but he’s going to be doing his best not to be outshone and for both big futures surely lie ahead of the. Everton 2 Liverpool 2; Doyle 2 Marquand 2 are the scores at the end of a remarkable day’s sport. And there you are, I haven’t mentioned a single horse. See you next season, when let’s hope the crowds are back to give horses and riders the reception they deserve.
1 Njord (Tom Marquand) 15-2
2 Solid Stone (Hollie Doyle) 16-1
3 Greenside (Marco Ghiani) 28-1
4 Graignes (Nicola Currie) 40-1
Also: 11-4 Fav Raaeq
No 5 Keats and No 17 Tempus (6-1) were withdrawn not under orders.