Tom’s working career began as a conditional jockey for the likes of Philip Hobbs and seven times champion trainer Martin Pipe. Working with top class National Hunt thoroughbreds on a daily basis provided Tom with the foundations for an eye in thoroughbred selection.
Tom race rode for 11 years, amassing a total of 70 winners, including five at Cheltenham. He also completed the Grand National twice, before hanging up his boots and going in search of a new venture. The time in which Tom spent working for trainers and race riding taught Tom an awful lot about judging quality in a thoroughbred, and this proved to stand him in good stead for a career as a bloodstock agent as he was soon purchasing winners.
In the first year of trading as a bloodstock agent Tom’s purchases accumulated 37 winners and now, in the four years since the inception of Tom Malone Bloodstock, there have been a total of 354 winners and counting.
Milton Des Bieffes was the first horse that Tom ever purchased, who was sourced from the Irish point to point field for an owner called Nick Shutts. This horse went into training with David Evans and went on to win seven races, three of which he won on the bounce with Tom himself in the saddle. After this Tom started taking purchase orders from clients and has never looked back.
Tom enjoys watching horses careers develop, he relishes in buying young horses from the point to point field and seeing them mature, this is where Tom came across his most successful National Hunt purchase to date, Brindisi Breeze, winner of the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival. He also enjoys the challenge of buying three year old flat horses and watching them switch codes to a career over hurdles.
Linda was educated and brought up in Derbyshire, where she spent her childhood hunting and show-jumping. Linda started her racing career in Newmarket over 25 years ago and has held a variety of managerial/administrative positions, working for leading Newmarket Trainers, as a work rider – Michael Stoute, Luca Cumani and Sir Henry Cecil for many years where she rode many group horses. This experience has been a great benefit for her as an agent when selecting good moving – sound horses. Linda was responsible for the restoration of Lordship and Egerton Studs -where the first ever equitrack all weather gallop was installed, before these gallops were even on Newmarket heath. She moved to North Yorkshire in 2003 where she helped Trainers and breeders in that area until 2010 when she returned to Newmarket. Linda has a wide knowledge and first-hand practical experience of racing and breeding stock. She attends all the major European Sales and has travelled worldwide racing.
Bobby O’Ryan has legendary status amongst his peers, he was awarded the Willie Stephenson Memorial Trophy in 2011 for his continued support at all levels of bloodstock sales and in recognition of the huge number of horses that he has bought at all levels of the market. The unanimous vote went to Bobby, who bought Boston Bob when he topped the inaugural DBS NH Festivals Sale in 2011 before he won the Grade 1 Navan Hurdle for Willie Mullins and Andrea and Graham Wylie. Some of his more recent high profile flat purchases include the Group 1 winning Wootton Bassett and the Multiple Classic winning Cockney Rebel. Following the presentation of the award, DBS Managing Director Henry Beeby said:
‘I am delighted that the DBS board has chosen to recognise the outstanding efforts of Bobby O’Ryan by awarding him the Willie Stephenson Memorial Trophy in 2011. He has been a great supporter of every sale at all levels for as long as anyone can remember. His enthusiasm is infectious and he is always a positive influence at any sale – I cannot think of a more deserving winner of this award and I have been overwhelmed by the number of clients who have since congratulated myself and the team for presenting the award to Bobby for 2011.