Tom’s working career began as a conditional jockey for the likes of Philip Hobbs and 15 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 six years since the inception of Tom Malone Bloodstock, there have been over 1500 winners including 60 Black Type winners, 7 Cheltenham Festival Successes and a Grand National.
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 one of his most successful National Hunt purchases to date, Brindisi Breeze, winner of the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival and Native River, winner of Grade 1 Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree and more recently One for Arthur who won his Irish maiden at the 5th time of asking.
On the flat Tom has enjoyed Group success with the likes of Caspar Netscher (German Guineas winner), My Dream Boat (Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot) and Levitate (Lincoln winner) on a relatively small budget. He also enjoys the challenge of buying three year old flat horses and watching them switch codes to a career over hurdles such as Dodging Bullets, the Dubawi gelding bought out of a Sligo handicap who went on to become Champion Chaser in 2015 and Irving who was purchased privately from Germany and went onto win the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle twice.
Tom's riding experience and knowledge of bloodstock is already paying off in his new career as an agent, and I wish him every success.
Most notably Tom purchased Caspar Netscher for us. He puts a lot of time and effort into thorough research, often riding the horse as well, which makes us appreciate the 'hands on' approach that Tom has. As we all know, there are no guarantees in life but we both feel that Tom has given us an edge when it comes to making decisions about buying horses. We would especially recommend Tom to the first time buyer as he would make a purchase 'tailor-made' to the prospective buyer's budget and experience, with a no nonsense approach.
I've been delighted with the help that Tom has been able to give us, and I'll certainly be using him again and do already recommend him to others. Tom is extremely approachable, works very hard to get to know the horses that he is buying and always goes the extra mile to find the right horse regardless of the budget he's working to.
Just to let you know that he is training really well and I'm very pleased with him. He really is starting to shape into a very nice horse now. He eats well and works well and is a joy to ride. Early days yet, but he could well make up into an Open horse.
We've had great success. I think every horse we have bought from Tom has won. I think he's well worth using at all levels. You can buy a horse at great value or you can buy a Cheltenham horse.
Tom is very knowledgeable and has been a huge help purchasing some nice individuals for us including our talented mare Smart Talk. We have enjoyed a great deal of success and I would have no hesitation in recommending Tom’s services to anyone.
Tom bought us our biggest winner to date in Present View who won at the Cheltenham Festival. I find him simple and straightforward to work with and more importantly he understands the type of horse we are looking for. I eagerly anticipate seeing Tom's shortlist before each sale and it potentially saves time looking at the wrong horses.