He replaced Shane Cross who had been diagnosed positive for COVID 19 and could not ride the Joseph O'Brien trained promising stayer. Marquand was delighted to get the ride and even more delighted when he won after a close battle with Berkshire Rocco. Pyledriver was third and according to jockey Martin Dwyer (son-in-law of trainer William Muir) he didn't stay, the same of which could be said for Santiago fourth home.
It was 50 years since Nijinsky won the St Leger.
Marquand had a good day all round as he rode the winner of the first race (Matthew Flinders) and came within a bee's proverbial of winning the Park Stakes where he was on One Master but Wichita grabbed the win in the last stride.
Earlier the Champagne Stakes saw an impressive win by Chindit by a length from Albasheer and State Of Rest – those three were way ahead of the rest of the field.