Trainer Colin Bowe was chosen as the recipient of the Willie Stephenson Memorial Trophy for 2019, Goffs UK announced on Tuesday. The award 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 the year.
Bowe trainees are a regular feature at the Goffs UK Doncaster and Aintree Sales, particularly the latter, where they have topped three of the four sales held at the venue thus far. Normally, the award is presented at Doncaster, but due to COVID-19, it was instead awarded to Bowe in his yard on Tuesday.
“Colin has had a lasting impact on our sales with his point-to-pointers regularly featuring at the top of the market–a testament to his ability to consistently produce horses of the highest calibre,” said Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby in his role as the second successor to Willie Stephenson as Goffs UK Chairman. “He has played a big part in the ongoing success of our Aintree Sale having produced most of the sale toppers including Samcro who topped the inaugural 2016 sale and went on to become a headline horse, winning the G1 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018 and the G1 Marsh Novices' Chase at the Festival earlier this year.”
“We are delighted to add Colin's name to the list of very worthy and diverse recipients of this award and look forward to selling more of his Milestone Stables' graduates for many years to come.”