Eddie O’Leary Presented with The Willie Stephenson Trophy by Goffs UK

The Willie Stephenson Memorial Trophy commemorates the co-founder of DBS, now Goffs UK, and is awarded annually to the person or persons whom the Goffs UK Board feel have made the biggest contribution to the success of the company during that year.

The unanimous choice for 2016 is Eddie O’Leary.

Acting as a major consignor and buyer, Eddie is a key component of two major racing and bloodstock operations that make significant contributions to Goffs UK key sales every year. As the owner of Lynn Lodge Stud in County Meath with his wife Wendy, they have sold numerous top-class horses and they regularly feature at the top end of the market.

As a buyer of NH horses for his brother’s Gigginstown House Stud, Eddie is a key purchaser at the Spring Sale each May, as clearly illustrated last week at Doncaster, and regularly headlines at Goffs UK form horse sales such as when he topped the inaugural Aintree Sale last year buying Samcro for £335,000.

Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby presented the award to Eddie and commented:

“Eddie has been a huge supporter of our sales at Doncaster for many years and it’s a pleasure to present him with this award. He is one of the few people in Europe, and probably even the world, that acts at the elite end of the market for all the major sales across Flat and National Hunt.

“Through their Lynn Lodge Stud, Eddie and Wendy are one of the leading vendors at our Breeze Up and Premier Sales and their horses are always eagerly anticipated by the sales company and the purchasers who flock to their door each year.

“Eddie has also been hugely successful at selecting top class jumpers for Michael’s Gigginstown House operation and his recent Goffs UK purchases include the unbeaten and hugely exciting Samcro, and Tiger Roll, who has won twice at the Cheltenham Festival taking the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle in 2014 and the Gr.2 NH Challenge Cup this year, to name just two of several.

“Through Eddie’s continued support of our sales we have shared much success over the years and we look forward to plenty more to come.”