Welcome to Dooley Thoroughbreds

Welcome to Dooley Thoroughbreds

Check out our story, our current horses and aims and ambitions for the future. We look forward to seeing you all on a racecourse soon.

Racehorse Ownership

Racehorse Ownership

With offer limited shares through the Dooley Thoroughbred Syndicate Scheme. You too can enjoy being a racehorse owner at a great price. To find out more about our current horses and for more information contact us today.

Current Option

Current Option

Our fantastic Camelot gelding has been a brilliant horse for us, finishing runner up twice before landing a Premier handicap on Irish Champions Weekend.

Making Memories with Racehorse Ownership

Making Memories with Racehorse Ownership

It was amazing to finish the 2019 season with a big win after a great ride from Ronan Whelan on Current Option. Looking forward to many more great days ahead.



An awesome and cool ride saw Saltonstall deliver on what we knew he was capable of in the Galway Mile in 2019. It was a day that dreams are made of.

Welcome to Dooley Thoroughbreds

Welcome to Dooley Thoroughbreds, we are a passionate family who love our horse racing.

Set up by three brothers - Mark, David and James - we have always loved our racing and now own a number of racehorses.

We buy from top sales, leading trainers or from respected breeders (recently from Godolphin and Qatar Racing) and we look to purchase quality horses that run on a regular basis. Whilst we always strive for class racehorses nothing beats going racing at any level when a horse of yours is running, let alone the feeling when you have a winner! 

We also run an exciting racehorse syndicate where throughout the year we offer the opportunity for people to invest and join us on the thrilling journey of being a racehorse owner. Places are limited so if you are interested drop us a message and if a new horse comes available, you will be the first to know. Check out the current shares we have available here

Also feel free to take a look through our website where we cover a range of subjects connected to horse racing in general in our blog, including our story of how we got into racing, the history of horse racing, information on our favourite racehorses from years past and so much more.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the races soon. 

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Current Option enjoying an early morning canter on the beach. Photo by Morgan Treacy. 

The First Entries of 2020

We are delighted that Current Option and Saltonstall are both going to get a run in the Irish Lincoln on Friday 12 June. Both have had a nice long break after a busy last season. It will be great to get them back on the track, the race is the logical starting place for both. 

Our first runner on the season will be Never Back Down at Naas on Monday 8 June. 

Preparing For The New Flat Season

It's been a difficult few months for all but we are delighted to be back racing on the 8 June. 

The team have bee going well at Ado McGuiness's yard and all seem in good form. This time of the season, the planning and dreaming is always exciting but nothing beats seeing the horses on the tracks doing what they love. We won't be able to see the horses running in the flesh for a while but we'll be shouting them on from home looking forward to when we can finally get over to see them. 

Good luck to all the other owners and trainers this season!

News - James Dooley Talks to Horse Racing Ireland About Ownership

Our very own James Dooley talks to Horse Racing Ireland about our journey into horse racing ownership, our high-lights so far and the tricky times surrounding COVID. Listen to full the podcast here: 

News - Current Option Wins The Sovereign Path at Leopardstown on Champions Weekend 

Current Option bought the curtain down on our first year of ownership with a fantastic win in The Sovereign Path Premier Handicap over 7 furlongs at Leopardstown as part of Irish Champions Weekend. Just to have a runner good enough to compete on this weekend was an amazing achievement, with our first win only having come 6 months early in a claimer at Dundalk. 

A horse we have always thought very highly of after buying him from the William Haggas stable at the July sales in Newmarket, he had previously ran two great races for us, finishing runner up in both, the time before at The Curragh in the Irish Cambridgeshire.

Despite being drawn slightly wider than we hoped for and taking a bump at the start, Current Option was always in a handy position before going for home over two furlongs out under Rowan Whelan. When the chasers started to close our lad bravely fought back to hold them all at bay and winning as the 9-2 fav. 

We are very excited about what the future holds for him. 

News - Saltonstall Wins The Priemer Galway Mile

Our star Saltonstall won the £120k Galway Mile (Colm Quinn BMW Mile) for Dooley Thoroughbreds and the O'Sullivan partnership at the Galway Festival this year. A brilliant workhorse at home, he'd been struggling to show what we knew he was capable of on the track, but following a series of improved runs he was starting to come into form and enjoy his racing. A great run the time before when 4th at The Curragh we were hopeful, rather than confident, of a good run. 

He was given a superb ride by champion Irish jockey Colin Keane, who settled the horse towards the rear from a wide draw and slowly worked him into the race, taking it up inside the final furlong and holding off some fast finishers. It was the most amazing experience for us all and a day we will never ever forget. Galway, we will be back - every year! 

Check out the full race and reaction here:

Dooley Thoroughbreds Racing Syndicate

Syndicates are a great way to spread the cost of racehorse ownership whilst also being a great way to meet new friends.

We believe being part of the Dooley Thoroughbreds Syndicate offers a unique chance to enjoy being a racehorse owner at a great price. Our syndicate entitles members to the full benefits of sole racehorse ownership; this includes everything from visiting the trainer's stables, regular training updates, a share of prize-money and most importantly the thrill of going racing and making life-long memories.

We don't offer many places on the Dooley Thoroughbred Syndicate, this is because we prefer our syndicates to be at a small and manageable size; we believe it makes the experience better and more personal.

In reality, this means that you are more involved in the experience of being a racehorse owner, rather than feeling disconnected from the horse and the decisions about its racing and career - which is the main drawback many have expressed personally to us about larger racing syndicates. As a family we also keep a large share in most of our horses, this means that we remain personally invested both mentally and financially, meaning we really strive for all our horses to achieve their potential, so basically we are in it with you!

As mentioned we offer the chance for others to join our group and experience the thrill of being a racehorse owner and for a horseracing fan, we believe there is nothing more exciting than the thrill of going racing when you have a runner. 

Find out more about our Ownership Plans

Photo by Morgan Treacy. 

What Makes Us Different From Other Racing Ownership Schemes?

As you are probably aware there are lots of horseracing syndicates around that you can choose from if you are looking to become a racehorse owner, however, we believe ours is unlike any other because of the following benefits we offer:

  • Great value for money - we have a variety of packages and horses to suit different budgets. All our packages are very transparent so you know exactly what you are paying - there are no hidden costs and no unexpected bills - which can be off-putting for many. You can pay either upfront for the whole year or via monthly direct debit, however, ultimately you know exactly what you are paying and when. 
  • Direct involvement - from the moment you enter the syndicate you will be involved in all the action. You will get regular updates on the horse's training including videos and photos, as well as emails and messages via our very active Whatsapp group. We believe the point of racehorse ownership is involvement, so excellent communication is a key element of what we offer and what truly sets us apart. At Dooley Thoroughbreds we keep you informed with what is happening with your horse and its plans at all times.  
  • A chance to meet new people - joining our top racing syndicate offers you the chance to meet new people and make new friends. The syndicates that we put together at Dooley Thoroughbreds are diverse with people from different ages and backgrounds, all brought together by their single passion of horseracing. 
  • A chance to travel - whilst our brilliant trainers always plan a racing campaign to suit the horses, our horses run all over the UK and Ireland. This means that you can get to travel to new parts of the world and hopefully visit new racecourses with friends and family. Many of the group like to extend trips to the races and turn them into long weekends and mini-breaks to really make the most of the travelling opportunities.   
  • Fun - most importantly our horserace ownership scheme offers fun with a great bunch of people.

If you are interested in making the dream of racehorse ownership a reality for you (or for someone you know as a gift), contact us today and we will send more information on our packages. For more in-depth information on the Dooley Thoroughbred Syndicate, including prices our current racehorses and more, contact us today or read more on our syndicate page. 

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If you would like more information about Dooley Thoroughbreds or are interested in potential racehorses ownership through our syndicate simply drop us a message today. You check out the current racehorses we have available as part of our scheme on our available shares pages, alternatively, we can email over more information. 

We look forward to hearing from you soon. 


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