Replacement jockey Tom Marquand wins St Leger on Galileo Chrome

  • Shane Crosse ruled out of ride on winner by positive Covid test
  • First Group One and first Classic victory for Marquand

A Flat season like no other saw perhaps its most freakish twist of fortune here on Saturday, as Tom Marquand landed his first British Classic in the 244th St Leger aboard Galileo Chrome, a horse whose regular jockey, Shane Crosse, was forced out of the race by a positive test for coronavirus before his flight to the UK from Ireland on Friday.

Crosse, on the first of his 14 days in self-isolation, must have despaired as Marquand brought Galileo Chrome, a 4-1 shot, down the middle of the track for a hard‑fought half-length success over Berkshire Rocco with Pyledriver, who drifted left in the final two furlongs, another length away in third.

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