Top jockey Tom Marquand trapped in hotel room with no opening window due to strict Australian Covid quarantine rules

TOP jockey Tom Marquand is trapped in a hotel room with no open window due to Australia's strict Covid quarantine rules.

Marquand was labelled Aussie Tom by adoring punters after a successful stint Down Under last year.

He notched his first Group 1 winner aboard Addeybb in the £335,000 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill in March.


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Marquand – one half of racing's power couple alongside Hollie Doyle – backed that up with victory on the same horse in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes the following month.

The jockey, 23, has returned now for more rides on Addeybb – but has had to abide by the country's quarantine rules to do so.

This includes being stuck on his own in his hotel room for two weeks until he is given the OK to move about again.

Marquand said it has not been so bad – but the lack of a window that opens has been an eye-opener.

Speaking on Luck on Sunday, Marquand, whose hotel is being patrolled by military personnel to ensure people stick to the rules, said: "I have settled into a bit of a routine now, it is what it is.

"I have another ten days left. It's not as bad as I thought. I can order food and deliver it in. I have a bike I can ride a few hours a day and knacker myself out.

"I'm bang in the centre of Sydney in one of the quarantine hotels.

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"They shipped me off the plane, into a bus to the hotel. You don't get a choice what room youre in.

"I probably didn't get lucky in the fact that I have not got an opening window.

"But there's enough room for a bike and a bed and that's about it.

"I've got a window with view of the office opposite and that's about as exciting as it gets.

"I've not got an opening window and it's literally a case of they bring you food, knock on door and walk off, with the food waiting for you.

"Thats about as exciting as it gets.

"If you're being put in a hotel for two weeks quarantine – it's the right way to do it.

"I'd be dumbfounded if I was allowed to go and roam freely. You're in quarantine for a reason. I'm hoping it will be worth it."

Marquand – whose only company is the stationary bike he has had put in – has been there for just under five days and is out at 4pm local time on February 23.

Not that he is counting down the hours or anything.


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